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Youtube videos stream at very low speed

SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG!Registered User regular
edited August 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Arghhhh! It doesn't matter if its 1am, 5am, 3pm. I cannot simply load Youtube videos!

My connection is 4096/512 ADSL, ANY other site loads correctly. I go to the Youtube test speed page? Bam! 400kb/s download. But if I try to actually watch a video? Well Youtube's bandwidth saving feature or whatever just kicks in and my videos will download between 5-45 kb/s (I have a bandwidth meter in FF) and take ages to buffer.

Firefox 3.6.18
Win7 x64
Thomson TG585 v8 router

This happens on any other browser as well. It suddenly started happening a week ago, but it's happened before. Is there something I'm missing on Youtube options or anything? It's really annoying I cannot watch a single Youtube video because I have to wait 20 minutes to load a 5 minute video.

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    SkyCaptainSkyCaptain IndianaRegistered User regular
    I've been having that same issue as well and it's only recently. I'm on Comcast.

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    DrFrylockDrFrylock Registered User regular
    I was having the same issue for about a week, week and a half. It was pretty bad. Then it fixed itself. I think it's on YouTube's end. I am on Uverse.

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    SatsumomoSatsumomo Rated PG! Registered User regular
    Ah, I see... Then I guess it's not fixable on our side. One thing I did right now was open the same video in 6 different tabs, in one of those instances it actually used my bandwidth correctly. Quite annoying but well then there's nothing we can do it seems.

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    finalflight89finalflight89 Registered User regular
    I've had luck sometimes by right clicking on the player, selecting "stop download", and then pressing play again. Sometimes it seems to wake up YouTube's servers.

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    Mr HeistMr Heist It's Heist-o-Matic! Registered User regular
    Have you tried switching your DNS server? It could definitely be worth a shot to switch to google free DNS and just see if it makes a difference (if nothing else it could help narrow down if the problem is on your end or theirs). I think there are applications (maybe websites, too?) that will show you your optimal DNS settings.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    Google free DNS:


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    Mmmm... Cocks...Mmmm... Cocks... Registered User regular
    I've been on Google DNS, but have been running into slow youtube videos lately as well.
    I always just assumed "Youtube sucked", I know Google bought them, but it's not like they changed much.

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    apricotmuffinsapricotmuffins Angry Bee Registered User regular
    huh. Youtube's been slow for me too. wondered what was doing it.

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    MuridenMuriden Registered User regular
    I've seen this on several streaming sites. One video loading will be perfectly fine and the next will choke under 280p. I think it just has to do with traffic at the time of playback.

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