Google Ramps up Naming & Shaming ISPs for Video Congestion
Back in January you might recall that Google started heavily promoting
a video quality report for YouTube
that tracked YouTube streaming performance by ISP. The effort appears to be an attempt to educate users on the numerous steps between YouTube servers and your PC, and, like Netflix's ISP streaming rankings
, highlight how some ISPs perform worse than others.
Ultimately, Google says they'll tag ISPs with good YouTube streaming performance as "HD verified." Heading over to Google's video quality website
will show you your ISPs local performance while educating users on video delivery issues.
The effort is pretty clearly, like Netflix's effort, an attempt to "name and shame" certain ISPs that provide sub-standard streaming performance, either incidentally or intentionally as part of the new ISP effort to kill settlement-free peering and create a new revenue stream
Like Netflix's recent effort to specifically point the finger at ISPs
via their buffering warnings, Quartz notices
that Google has now added a more subtle message to YouTube streams. The message simply asks "experiencing interruptions?" and directs users to Google's new ISP performance website.
“You may be prompted to view the report if you’re experiencing poor playback on your computer (such as frequent rebuffering or fuzzy video),” Google states in a new page added to their YouTube help website
Santa Monica, CA
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain... Youtube worked on *any* less-than-stellar connection, regardless of congestion levels, before Google disabled pre-buffering.
But now, its the ISPs who are to blame.
Re: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...
said by existenz:Fair enough, but in my experiences it doesn't do a few minutes, but more like a few seconds. When I click the pause button to let it buffer, for some reason YouTube takes that as its cue to pause as well.
buffering may benefit ISPs more than not. If you pre-buffer a long video that isn't completely watched, it wastes bandwidth. Buffering up to a few minutes makes sense though.
Heck these days it seems like even Hulu and Netflix buffer more than YouTube.
YouTube performance Forget Cablevision on Long Island if you like to watch YouTube videos. Click on video link, go get a coffee, watch YouTube, go get a cookie, watch YouTube, go get something else... Forget about video and move on.
Using a proxy the video starts immediately, no buffering issue. The issue is with the ISP. Fios in NYC is usually better.
Re: Is there a way to automatically specify resolution?
said by Walter Dnes:If you are using firefox browser , you could choose an addon like YouTube High Definition 9.4, automatically defaults to highest resolution available for that video. An equivalent version for chrome is Auto HD For YouTube 6.3.2
A couple of years ago, there used to be a parameter to specify resolution. I have 7/1 ADSL that Speedtest.net shows as 7.07 megabps net download and 0.68 megabps upload. It's on a Stinker ^H^H^H^H^H^H Stinger node, so can't do anything about upload, but the download is nice. Anyhow, I can easily handle 1080P, but streams seem to default to 360 or 480 resolution. I hate having to stop videos and tweak the settings.
Re: Is there a way to automatically specify resolution? Interesting...but what I'd like to know is there one that does that in reverse?
I want one that automatically loads the lowest quality video. I usually watch things on YouTube at 144p or 240p, unless I'm trying to read text on there or whatever, in which case I could manually just dial it up.