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:
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.....