Vimeo works. Blip works. DailyMotion works. Porn sites work. YouTube? Needs special attention.
YouTube’s performance has been going downhill for over a year now. It started gradually. Videos would take longer and longer to buffer. It used to be possible to pause a video and allow it to load for a while so that it would play all the way through without stopping. Then that stopped working. Pausing the video also paused the buffering. Videos would only buffer as the video was playing and then only a few seconds ahead. Later, videos would buffer partially and stop. Buffer a little then stop. Buffer. Stop. Red light. Green light. Until the five minute video was finally complete…twenty minutes later.
Even as annoying as that scenario was, somehow I built up the mental fortitude to deal with it without complaint. First world problems. But recently, YouTube videos have literally become unwatchable. That’s not hyperbole. True story: I attempted to watch a few videos and each refused to even play! Even after refreshing the browser, clearing the cache and all that other nonsense techs tell you to do that doesn’t get to the heart of the problem.
YouTube totally gave up. It just quit. Rolled over on its back and died. This is a massive problem for a video site to have. Videos should be watchable as opposed to not watchable IMHO.
And I’m not the only one who has experienced this issue. In fact, my experience is predated by many others. There are countless threads on the Google Groups forums going as far back as 2009. Clearly this issue is widespread and growing. Not just in the U.S. But also worldwide.
The strongest theories regarding the reason for this issue include: YouTube servers misbehaving, YouTube having a scaling issue or a glitchy update, and/or ISP throttling. But so far, the theories are really just guess work. No one seems to have any hard evidence of any theory because YouTube is mum about the issue and ISPs are tight lipped, leaving users to seek out and discover a solution for themselves. One thing seems clear however: the problem doesn’t appear to be you, dear Internet User. Your Internet speed is not the problem. The size of the video you’re trying to view is not the problem. Your browser is not the problem. Your operating system is not the problem. It is a YouTube/ISP problem. And it doesn’t appear that they are rushing to fix it.
Of all the various solutions being tossed around—not by YouTube or ISPs, but from fellow users like you and me—most didn’t work for me at all. One worked temporarily (Thank you, Mitch). Another is currently working for me (Thank you, Ashish ). But I’m not confident any solution is going to be permanent. Workarounds have a history of being temporary. Because they don’t get to the heart of the problem, which is the job of YouTube and the ISPs.
But thank you to all the users seeking and sharing solutions. As of now, I’m back to watching cats play with vacuums and twerkin’ videos.