The Crown season 4 wraps filming early in response to coronavirus pandemic

Sam Warner
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix

From Digital Spy

The Crown has finished filming its fourth season early amid the unfolding coronavirus pandemic.

While many shows and movies have been forced to halt or delay production because of the COVID-19 crisis, the Netflix royal drama had actually been nearing the end of its shoot.

However, according to Entertainment Weekly, the series has managed to cram in and finish filming season four a few days earlier than planned, increasing the likelihood that it will be released later this year.

Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix

Netflix shows that have been more affected by the coronavirus include Stranger Things and The Witcher, which have both had their filming suspended.

The streaming giant has also confirmed that it will be slowing down its streaming speeds in Europe in order to reduce network bandwidth, as more customers stay at home during the crisis.

"Following the discussions between Commissioner Thierry Breton and Reed Hastings – and given the extraordinary challenges raised by the coronavirus – Netflix has decided to begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe for 30 days," Netflix said in a statement.

Photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian - Netflix

"We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members."

Meanwhile, The Crown is due to end with its fifth season, though one producer has hinted that the show could go on beyond Netflix.

The Crown is available to stream now on Netflix, while seasons 1 and 2 are also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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