Youtube Issues

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Youtube Issues

This is being discussed in a couple threads and in PM, so I figured we should have one place to keep all our facts. Here is what I know:

1. The problem viewing the Youtube videos....where the page loads, but the video stalls on the spinning "loading" image....is widespread and not just Aquila's vids. It is also not restricted to the viewers here as I have read other forums where videos aren't loading. Example:

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/744240.html

2. The so-called "fixes" for this problem are NOT proven effective and I don't advise anyone try them. Particularly the registry change. Tinkering with the registry is not something that should be taken lightly and as I say...it hasn't been proven effective beyond some anecdotal evidence. No "fix" has worked for everyone, so it is likely that any improvement after the fix is coincidental or the viewer's problem was not related to this issue to begin with.

3. Some fixes like re-installing the Flash player or emptying your cache are not dangerous, but I have tried both of those and saw no result.

4. The problem does not appear to be browser-related....as both IE and Firefox users have reported problems. There simply doesn't seem to be a pattern. I have tried two different computers, running different sofware environments and on different IP addresses. Both fail on the same videos....which is downright strange and leads me to believe that the trouble is not on the user end.

5. Some theories I have read include the fact that Google recently bought Youtube and is integrating the Google Video service with Youtube....and has pooched the servers badly. Another invloves the multiple servers used to load the videos remotely from the page....and their DNS settings. Yet another....wrong IP blocking on some video servers.

At this point....your guess is as good as mine. I can't figure this one out, but I don't feel there is any evidence to conclude that user's computers are at fault...or at least not completely at fault. There is, IMO, an issue at Youtube that is either primarily or completely at fault. Until I see evidence otherwise, that is the way I am thinking.

Please add any information you have on this issue...and perhaps together, we can figure it out. I just plain don't know..... Puzzled

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Thanks Maxx, for being our youtube go-to person :)

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I am still looking into this, so here's an update if anyone cares...

Someone at another forum got this reply from Youtube concerning some videos not loading:

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Thanks for your response! The video you referenced does play for us. However, we have been receiving complaints from other users as well. We have forwarded these complaints to our engineers, and they are looking into this issue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Regards, and thanks for your patience.

Sri
The YouTube Team

Also there have been various discussions that most of the people having this problem are on Comcast Cable and it seems to be narrowed down to some specific video servers in Youtube's stable. I can't confirm that it is only Comcast.....since that is my ISP....but there does seem to be a trend at least amongst Comcast customers.

If someone posts a video, that you cannot load....copy the URL and go to a proxy site like this one (or one of your choice) :

http://www.ztunnel.com/

...and paste the URL in the box and hit the button. The video then loads through the proxy server and should bypass whatever block there is between Youtube and your ISP. The proxy is just a quickfix for now...until Youtube and certain providers get back on speaking terms.

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Still working on this.....no answers...... :?

However...for those with upload problems, I stumbled across this messge from Youtube in my research....so passing it along.

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We're currently experiencing a very high volume of uploads, causing upload times to be significantly longer than usual. This issue should be resolved shortly and all videos that have been uploaded will become live on the site soon. If your video is in the processing stage, you don't need to reupload it. Thanks for your patience!

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Have no idea on upload issues....I don't use Youtube for that....

Still researching the download problem though. No answers....just more people experiencing the problem....

http://www.youtubeforums.com/showthread.php?t=1302

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I'm having problems uploading too. The last one I tried to upload it just said connecting and wouldn't upload it. :( Had to start again and that time it did upload. Seems to be hit or miss right now.

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I haven't had any problems viewing vids on YouTube, so far. (knock on wood)

I have however had problems uploading vids: once my computer said the video was 8 minutes and under 100MB, whereas YouTube claimed it was 11 minutes. Just now I got this message:

Broadcast: Public Video | Failed (unable to convert video file)
Raw File: VNG0006.avi

I have uploaded .avi files before, never had this message. I think YouTube is getting bigger than it can handle today!

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That's important....

If you didn't make any changes to your system since not being able to see it yesterday....then further proof that something is wrong on Youtube or somewhere in-between.

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Just to let you know maxx that when I tried the youtube "zebranese" vid today I was able to get it to play...didn't do anything different...just played on its own....the magic of the net I guess. :wink:

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I tried the firewall drop, too.....it didn't help me, though. And when the firewall is up, it does not alert and it's logs show no blocking.....

Also....just to add to the information pool. I tried with two different machines. One is on a home network via cabled router and the other is a direct connection. So this eliminates home networks and router-blocking as a cause.

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I have had this issue once or twice, and, when I was desparate to see the video (I think it was the Leopard that visited Nkorho one night) I disabled my firewall for fifteen minutes and was able to see the video without a problem. Put firewall back up and again couldn't get the video to load.

It's not something I would do on a regular basis on youtube. It made me very nervous thinking there was something embedded (not by our members but by youtube) in particular videos as some test or something, because other videos were not an issue. Just one or two given ones.

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