I went to show my daughter how to use proxFree last nite. I wanted to show her before-and-after. I went thru video after video (at 7PM local time) and EVERYTHING WORKED..... It wasn't lightening fast, but out of 10 videos, I think I only saw the buffering circle once, and then only for a few seconds. I couldn't get anything to fail....
While proxfree is a workaround for computers, it doesn't work on iOS devices. Unfortunately most of the browsing done at home and YouTube consumption is done on iPads and iPhones, so I need a solution at the router level so all devices can stream YouTube. HTML5 trick doesn't apply to mobile devices either. Ughh. So frustrating. I second reporting this to news outlets to see if it picks up some steam.
I may start using my Airport Extreme as a router (using double NAT) and configure the Airport with IPv6 to tunnel to Hurricane Electric's IPv6 network.
I tried the HTML5 trick and it really does work for me constistently. I tested a fairly large video (190MB-210MB) and these were the results. I pulled the direct link to the file and just watched the download speed of each.
The flash video/HTML5 player link:
Amazing speeds from the link served via the HTML5 player.
Now let's try the link served via flash player:
Tanked pretty quickly didn't it? They are certainly doing something different with the links served for the HTML5 beta.
I think I need to call CNN in order for them to do an investigative story on the issue in order to light the match under Verizon/google's butt so that at least they publicly acknowledge there is an issue. They haven't done that yet.
Proxfree is fine for computer use of youtube. My youtube channel on my roku box is virtually useless now. Can't watch anything.
For what it's worth, that proxFree thing works... It allows youtube content to come thru a different route than the Google-to-Verizon peering. Just don't log into anything that requires passwords I'm the paranoid security guy; you don't want the people who own ProxFree to have all your passwords...