Increasing YouTube Streaming Quality?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bgribin, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. bgribin macrumors regular

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    For whatever reason, YouTube videos don't look quite as sharp as they should on my iPad (and iPhone). When watching a YouTube video on my iMac, the 1080 resolution really shines. But on my iPad, the same video comes across on the same network with slight grainy-ness. I wish there was a way for you set what resolution to play videos at like you're able to on a computer.

    Any thoughts about what I can try here? I've had an AirPort Extreme and have messed with it a ton. I regularly get about 30 megabits down when using the iPad. So streaming quality on YouTube should be pristine.

    Oh - and when using various other apps, or even Vimeo streaming, the quality is noticeably better.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. IvanX macrumors 6502

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  3. DaveOP macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure about 1080p, but in watching YouTube last night the videos were crystal clear compared to my old iPad 2. It definitely seems likes it's grabbing at least a somewhat better stream to complement the new display.
     
  4. vincenz macrumors 601

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    I'm sure the youtube app on iOS determines your network speed and then plays the appropriate quality. I think if you use the browser version of youtube.com you can manually choose the "HQ" version.
     
  5. bgribin thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yep, I tried this earlier today and that HQ option on m.youtube.com provides higher quality that what I'm seeing with otherwise embedded videos. I wish there was a way to just always select HQ or a resolution.

    The thing is that I have 30mbps internet so I shouldn't be seeing graininess/distortion at all. Oh well.
     
  6. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502

    Quotenfrau

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    are you or your girlfriend heavy torrent users? :D

    the technology from Youtube app is called Adaptive bitrate streaming. See
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptive_bitrate_streaming
     

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