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Topic # 59097 26-Mar-2010 15:48
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Do your YouTube videos load slowly on broadband? Here is a simple url fix. Here is a 360p HD video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bro4N_eKVgQ

Watch it. Is it slow? If it is add the following to the end of the url which will play the video in non-hd format:

&fmt=5

So the url will now be this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bro4N_eKVgQ&fmt=5

Don't want to keep on having to add the url manually? Well try this greasemonkey script for firefox:

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/24980

I haven't tried the script yet because i'm at work, but can anyone give me the greasemonkey script code to add &fmt=5 at the end of every YouTube video url?, because that script makes all YouTube videos high quality and I want low quality?
And does anyone have a plugin that can add &fmt=5 at the end of every YouTube video url for Internet Explorer 6?




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  Reply # 311669 26-Mar-2010 16:00
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360 is not HD, it's the lowest format available on YouTube.

fmt=5 appears to be the default YouTube 360x240 quality setting. I'm not sure whbat this script would actually achieve other than delivering the default format you would get by default.

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  Reply # 311677 26-Mar-2010 16:19
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are you on Telecom?

they cache Youtube. if you are the first person to wathc the vid in Nz then it will be slow. Eveyr other person watchihng it after you will stream it very fast.

You will ge the same effect as your script by simply loading page, letting the vid play fro 2-3 seconds, then refreshing the page. then it will run fast.

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  Reply # 311699 26-Mar-2010 17:15
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Slingshot does this too




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  Reply # 311700 26-Mar-2010 17:29
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This doesn't fix anything. It's like your suggestion in another thread for people to get PCs with more than 128MB RAM... Seriously.




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  Reply # 311736 26-Mar-2010 20:17
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some isp cacheing breaks youtube,
ie if you watch a youtube clip on a blog (fully cached) then open the clip in youtube,
youtube should Play it because it's already cached, it plays the same data again,
in stead of downloading it again.

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