For the past few months I have noticed that Youtube videos have been loading slower and slower. When Youtube HD launched, it would stream without issue for instant viewing. Now I have to leave a video loading for upwards of 10 minutes to get un-interrupted playback. Now it has gotten to the point where I have to leave non-HD videos for a minute or two just to watch without a second pause every so often, especially during the daytime hours. I know available bandwidth from my side is not an issue (20mb/20mb FIOS connection).
What I am getting around to asking here; Has anyone else (Pacific NW specifically) been having these same issues? Also, does anyone have any suggestions on getting more bandwidth out of Youtube.
I've tested this from machines running Windows XP and OSX Leopard with connections ranging from DSL to a shared DS3. The youtube slowness is fairly consistent.
The cynic in me suspects that the $$$ required to properly scale Youtube is not being spent by Google, becuase Youtube is an incredible money loser for them. They've lost $500mil addition to the $500mil they spent acquiring it in the first place.