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YouTube Issues

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Darkicon, Feb 23, 2013.

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    Not sure if this belongs in networking or software but lately I have been pretty much completely unable to watch anything in 1080 on YouTube due to it only buffering on average at 700kbps. Yet if I drop it to 720, it buffers at 35,000kbps (35mbps). The speed change is not just a coincidence as I have tested my speed on Speedtest many times and always got 35mbps.

    In addition to my buffering woes, I've also been noticing that sometimes the buffer resets and finally, I've been noticing a lot of dropped frames, usually after a 5 minute video, I'll have over 1000 dropped frames. I never used to pay attention to that so I don't know if that's normal for me. I've tested all 3 of these issues on Firefox v18.x and v19.0 with both Flash v11.6 r602 (Both x86 and x64 versions) and an earlier version as well at Internet Explorer v8.0.7 with Flash v11.6 r602 and all 3 issues are present. As well as testing with the latest driver and the previous driver for my video card.

    I've searched Google quite a bit to no avail on any of my problems. I'm going to assume that YouTube has separate servers for streaming the various qualities and that the 1080 servers have probably the most heavy traffic but enough to drop my speed to below 1mbps? I've also found people saying that YouTube throttles based on time of day and popularity however I see these issues all times of day, morning, midday and night however I have not tested the popularity one.

    If anyone has a solution I would be greatly appreciative. Thanks!

    Attached is a screenshot of the video info while buffering the same video in 1080 and in 720 (Top is 720 and bottom is 1080).
     

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