Computer Tip: Slow YouTube (or other) videos?

I have had plenty of questions over the years regarding why sometimes YouTube [or other video web site] aree showing a video that I want to see but either the video buffers quite a bit or is very choppy.

There are a number of reasons for this:

  • There is too much traffic at that web site [or somewhere from your computer to that web site].
  • You have a slow Internet connection to start off width. [Not all connections are the same. If you are paying what some would consider a cheap price for the Internet, you probably have a slow connection.]
  • You are using Wi-Fi. If your signal isn’t strong enough, try moving closer to your Wi-Fi router.
  • You are opening other videos at the same time.
  • You are already using quite a bit of your bandwidth for something else.

Outside of the above reasons and their solutions [most of them are obvious], there isn’t too much you can do to correct the problem.

One solution is to start the video and then pause the video. Watch as the buffer bar scrolls across the video’s window. Once it is finished or close to finishing, resume in playing the video. YouTube has an option to reduce the videos resolution [thereby reducing the amount of transferred] but the default is usually at the lowest resolution.

Another solution is to try watching the video at another time during the day or evening. If the problem persists, then it could be your Internet bandwidth.

Note that most videos require the free Adobe Flash Player to play a video.


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