Archive for October, 2010

Is youtube trying to suck?

October 17, 2010

This is mainly regarding what appears to be a new download strategy for their flash player. They download many small fragments (1 to 2 meg) instead of the whole video. The result is that the video I am watching has paused six times to buffer in the time it has taken me to write this post, despite the red ‘progress’ par showing that the entire video is downloaded.

The old strategy seems to have worked much better, at least on the user end of things (eleven pauses now. No, twelve. And it’s stuck.) At least the so-called ‘progress’ bar didn’t lie. If the download was slow, which you could judge by looking at the progress bar, you could pause and wait until the download caught up. Now, you just have to hope. And that hope is largely wasted, because most videos will get stuck at some point.

Youtube is just becoming a more and more frustrating experience. Autoplay, anyone? No? Tough shit. You’re gonna watch the next video anyway. (The cure for that is greasemonkey). And the new ‘end of video’ screen. Why does it appear before the end of the video? Right on top of the punchline?

Seriously, are they trying to suck?

Update: I have come to the conclusion that they are, in fact, trying to suck. Nobody could be this bad at serving video without putting significant effort into. Youtube is the only site that consistently interrupts videos every five to ten second to buffer. And don’t get me started on the ‘not available in your country’ shit. Sheesh!