Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection

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Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Hurricane2k8 1/16/10 10:29 AM
Hello, i'd like to know if there is any way to get back to normal streaming/buffering like it used to be some months ago.
I've got a downstream of 25072 kBit/s  and a upstream of 4976 kBit/s (VDSL  --> ISP: Deutsche Telekom AG), so my connection is far away from being slow. I used to have very good buffering times on YouTube with my old connection, which didn't even offer me half of the bandwith i have now. HD videos used to be instantly buffered so i could start watching without waiting for it to buffer.
However, it now takes ages to buffer videos, even if i disable HQ and HD. I usually have to wait some minutes until a 4 minute clip is buffered to 50%, and  videos often stop buffering at some point until i reach it.
I have no clue why YouTube streams are so incredibly slow nowadays since nothing actually changed. So is there any "trick" to get normals speed again?
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection MRemo 1/16/10 11:28 AM
I have a 16mbps connection as well and youtube is the only online streaming site which is really slow. i don't have any problem with other sites like megavideo, hulu, etc... In order to play a 4 min video i have to pause the video and let it buffer.

It is Youtube's fault that it is slow because i just bought a new modem and router, but the results are the same :(
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Jon8uyj 1/16/10 3:25 PM
I've been having the same problem. Almost no buffering, lots of hesitations, etc. My connection is always at least 20 mbps. Vimeo videos play fine. I don't get it...
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection blackhole522 1/16/10 4:02 PM
My internet connection isn't that fast, but 4 minutes videos load in 2 seconds for me...

Maybe it's because there are other people using your connection at the same time?
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Hurricane2k8 1/16/10 4:30 PM
no, there's no other people using my connection. otherwise i would'nt get full bandwidth. I also don't have buffering problems with other sites.
i wouldn't have posted this issue if i wasn't absolutley clueless about the cause of the problem, but i guess i pretty much checked everything i can check.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection dreic2405 1/16/10 4:36 PM
I have 10Mbit connection and i have same problem...

It's not the problem on user side,it's on googles.... There are simply too many users on youtube watching videos and they don't have enough bandwidth to serve all the requests in realtime.

The fun stuff is that all works OK while it's morning in Europe (americans are sleeping) so after like 5-6PM CET everything gets slow so it's definitely bandwidth issue. 
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Hurricane2k8 1/18/10 12:33 PM
bumping this up again. The thing that really annoys me about this is that YouTube seems to work fine at the PC of a friend i was visiting today or at my school. Both of them don't have as much bandwidth as i have but still, buffering seems nornal there. I also asked some people on my teamspeak server and they tried to watch a video i was buffering and it worked fine for them. It just makes no sense, why do they get normal buffering while it takes ages at my place - at the same time. Might it be my ISP's fault? If so, is there anything i can do about it?

A video streaming platform is pretty much useless when video streaming does not work properly. As much as i loved YouTube some months ago i hate it for being that slow here.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection MRemo 1/22/10 12:41 PM
From seeing all the replies above, i believe our ISPs are putting a barrier on youtube pass through bandwidth.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection toxicityj 2/12/10 11:25 AM
I'm having the same issues. I've got a 2mbps connection and I have ZERO problems with hulu, vimeo, etc. However...youtube videos play fine for the first 30 seconds (the buffering keeps ahead of the playing) then i have to pause it and wait for a full buffer before I can finish watching the video. It is strictly a youtube thing. I watch HD quality videos on Hulu daily and NEVER have buffering issues. 

Google...fix your tube. thanks.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection stuartindigo 2/12/10 12:47 PM
Have you tried the new video speed feature? Reading some other problems on this forum, some ISP's in the US DO appear to be throttling YT bandwidth.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection tntuof 3/6/10 9:20 AM
Hi!
I have an 100mb connection (closer to 50 in real world speed) but I notice some videos, especially the HD ones take way too long to load, like on modem.. How does YouTube pick the server for video? I'm in Finland and I get server from San Francisco? No wonder it takes forever! Also, the test video in My Speed page load at almost 20mbps?? Hope the new server farm Google is building here helps.. But is there anything I could do now?? I cant find this info nowhere..
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection GenerolHavoc 3/8/10 3:30 AM
I believe you will find it depends on how big the video is also, as normal mortals can upload to 2GB videos, where partener's and director can go over that to from what I know 20GB videos.

Also it could be the format the video is in, which is making them harder and longer to download.

I do know YT has been lagging here and there, though the factor's I talked about above add to the problem..
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Pazystamas 3/15/10 7:13 AM
I have 20mbps line and on youtube speed test (http://www.youtube.com/my_speed) i get ~2000kbits, but then watching normal videos on youtube  for 5 sec speed are about 2400kbps and then drops to ~528 and stays. So why youtube limits speed and i have to pause video and wait while it loads? About 2 weeks earlier i could watch HD video and it loads faster then viewing, but now its very slow... Is it possible to choose nearest server? Because in my country i have 100mbps speed...  
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection GenerolHavoc 3/15/10 10:34 AM
With the transition and YT allowing HD 720 and 1080 videos to be uploaded now, there has been abit of lag generated. I find myself going to half a dozen videos, waiting for the buffering to load and start playing the video, then pause each video, and I can go do something else for 15 mins, then came back and watch the video.

As YT has became popular the traffic it's been getting has increase 10 fold and more, though YT and google need to became responsible and should take care of it, by updating the servers or adding more, or other sites will became  the main haven for people to watch the videos they want to. It's now 2010, you people would think that YT and google would be on top of it now, though yes I do agree, they do have many errors people post about.

They do have the abilities to take this site to a whole new level, and takeout and overshadow other popular video sites, but I just think their priorities are just mixed up right now, like dealing with peoples problems and errors i'am guessing..

So we will have to wait and see if it does get any better..
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection TechnexLOL 3/22/10 3:40 PM
Youtube has been going super slow for me in the last week or so :(. I can't even watch videos on the lowest setting 90% of the time. HD takes aggges to load where before it took under 1 min!

20 Meg Virgin Media (UK). Tested in IE and Firefox. Tested with different PC's. Latest Adobe Flash version.

All other sites loading very fast :(.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection willphule 3/26/10 8:48 AM
Same here, although it appears only to be on popular vids, less popular ones load quick and easy. I have a 100meg fiber connection.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection msunduzi 3/26/10 9:51 AM
Youtube is totally pathetic at the moment. I am not looking at popular videos, but it is a case of 1second of video and 10 seconds wait.
Maybe this is the beginning of a natural death, it's worn out and senile !!!!
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Hurricane2k8 3/31/10 12:14 PM
OP here, ironically the situation got MUCH better here during the last weeks. I have absolutely no idea why streaming seems to be worse now somewhere else though.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection tntuof 3/31/10 2:44 PM
The situation has been better here also for the few last weeks, go figure.. I'm seeing 2-20mbps speeds on HD content, slower on SD though.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection vwestlife 3/31/10 4:01 PM
It appears that YouTube basically is admitting that they are throttling back video streaming bandwidths: they have now just REMOVED the "I have a fast connection, Always play higher-quality video" from your Playback Setup screen.  Now you only get a choice of "I have a slow connection, Never play higher-quality video" or "Choose my video quality dynamically based on the current connection speed" (which has NEVER "dynamically chosen" High Quality playback over my 3 Mbps DSL connection).
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection KillerNapalm64 4/3/10 12:48 PM
This is because youtube is THROTTLING your bandwidth.

Think about it, this issue has been going on for a long time and with all that money google should easily be able to fix it. But they wont because they are making it slower for us on purpose. The proof is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3EqF6IAfRo

Spread the word about youtube's evil ways
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection tyciol 4/6/10 2:39 PM
I would like the opposite: can I get videos to buffer slower? My DL speed is way too fast and the whole video buffers and wastes my limited monthly bandwidth when I don't even want to watch it like when it autoplays on a channel or I realize it's a spam video
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection berval 4/7/10 1:28 AM
Same here. I have a fast internet connection and most videos take for ever to buffer. This is what the YT speed thing tells me:

Your average video speed at this location from March 08, 2010 to March 29, 2010 was 7.58 Mbps.

But most videos take for ever. Even in the lowest quality. It's weird because if I download a video with internet download manager, it downloads at my full speed. This is how I've been watching videos that don't load for me. Check the speed on this screen of a video i downloaded:

http://picasaweb.google.com/104427890422962834973/Pictures#5457308887906217394

Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection kurazy 4/30/10 4:02 PM
well we are all experiencing it even me ... running on verizon fiber-opitc 50MBps, i get at least ~40Mbps on speedtest.net? this is too slow ... .... i wouldnt mind if i had to pay for streaming bandwidth priority as long as it does not buffer !
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection ezmanga 5/2/10 3:13 PM
Using a download meter I've determined that Youtube is throttling download speeds at 68KB per second. This has basically made it useless.
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection peskyfeller 5/9/10 8:42 PM
I totally agree with you guys. You tube is useless at the current download speed.. All my other download locations still work very fast. They are going to lose a lot of customers if they don't get this fixed. Who wants to sit and wait for the buffer to fill up pausing the video every minute?
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection doum 5/11/10 10:54 AM
Youtube is broken.
Even my ISP is aknowledging the issue with the youtube servers.


Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Oddish 5/13/10 12:33 PM
Any updates on this issue? I can't even watch 360p video without buffering every 2-3 seconds. Nothing has changed on my end so I'm thinking something has changed on YouTube, but why aren't they acknowledging this problem?
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection myreahz 5/17/10 3:17 PM
This is riddiculas!!!! Buffering is taking far to long, i have a resonable connection speed but cant watch videos with out it buffering every couple of seconds even on the 360p setting! what is the problem can be sorted and so why hasnt it been sorted
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection ellegaz 7/3/10 10:51 PM
Lots of complaints, not many solutions to the proble. I am changing over from a 1998 desktop to a top of range HP laptop. Guess what, the old one plays Youtube videos right through without a stop, the new one stops every 2-3 seconds. This is updrading!!!!!!!!!!
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Dave_in_Rio_Rancho 7/6/10 9:58 AM
I didn't have this problem until earlier this year (2010).
 
Like everyone else I was pretty sure this was YouTube problem; or related to too many viewers - this proved only partially correct.
 
YouTube speed test (right click on the buffering bar) showed I was only receiving data half as fast as others in my area.
 
After trying a number of less exciting solutions I finally flashed the latest firmware into my router - good call - download speed is now 50% higher than average for my area.
 
Hope that helps.................
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Dave_in_Rio_Rancho 7/6/10 10:02 AM
My "assumption" is that YouTube changed the way data was sent and you need the correct software/firmware to take "advantage" of the change. There are many "protocals" and most devices are not neccessarily setup to use them all.
 
You might try this - run your computer straight off your cable/dsl modem - if the speed jumps dramatically you need to update your router - if newer firmware is not available you may need to get a new router.
 
Again, hope this helps
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection Dave_in_Rio_Rancho 7/6/10 10:05 AM
One final thought - if this doesn't help you might look at the LAN card you are using - see what the date is on the drivers and look for newer ones.....................
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection aryangarg 7/10/10 2:15 PM
megavideo streams very well .. youtube sucks these days because of low speed. youtube is atleast free :)
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection aryangarg 7/11/10 5:30 AM
hello everyone ,

i found how to fix this problem , i have just 1.5 mbps connection , initially i was also facing the same problem ( slow streaming, wait for buffering) but now i fixed this problem.

Solution is GOOGLE GEARS.. download and install google gear in your system and it will fix everything. No more buffering problem.

I hope you will like it.

Best of Luck!
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection nandonando 7/15/10 5:59 PM
I used speedbit video accelerator http://www.videoaccelerator.com/
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection tntuof 7/24/10 12:01 PM
Hi!
I've been getting good speeds on HD for long now. However I think Google has changed the buffering on lower resolution so it only downloads little ahead, not the whole video apparently to save bandwidth. This is inconvenience since I dont always know if I want to watch the whole video so I usually just skip ahead untill I find something interesting. I can do this now also but the rebuffering is lower since the video would be already loaded on max speed. Also now, possibly due high local traffic Youtube is slow on this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CAouXYLC2U when I select the better 480p quality, I also noticed that this changes the quality selection on player from english on the 360p to my native finnish when I select the 480p ("Settings" to "Asetukset") and also the streaming server from v9.lscache2.c.youtube.com to v21.lscache1.c.youtube.com which seems to be struggling..
Re: Streaming/Buffering very slow on a high speed connection adabbas 7/31/10 4:39 PM
Unfortunately I can assure you that it is not a bandwidth issue or an ISP issue.. It is sure a software issue and not the router in my case. I actually have few PCs at home, a couple with Windows 7, one with WinXP and one with Ubuntu Linux... etc... Only one of those PCs is having this issue.

Keep in mind that all of the rest are connected to the same router and to the same ISP (I've switched ISPs and nothing changed by the way).

The PC facing the issue is the newest; Windows 7 64-bit, Office 2010, Kaspersky Workstation AV, 4GB of RAM .... etc

I am sure it is something with the software on the PC.... maybe I will reformat and hope that the problem will go away.
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