Why is YouTube so slow on the iPad?

HXGuy

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Videos take forever to load and constantly pause while buffering the video. I loaded the same video on my iPhone 4 and it loaded right away, no pausing or anything. Both devices are on the same wifi network.
 

iPhone1

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I have the same issue. Are you running the latest firmware (3.2.1)? I'm still on 3.2 I'm wondering if this issue was fixed in the latest release.
 

HXGuy

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I'm on 3.2 and wife's iPad is on 3.2.1 and both are equally slow loading YouTube.
 

hsotnicam8002

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YouTube is pointless on the iPad (with 3.2.1), stuttering and stalling to such an extent that I want to open a valve to let out steam!!!!! My iMac works fine on the same broadband system. The iPad's failings are some of the most irritating!
 

vertigo78

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i have the same issue i dont know whats up. it seems like when i first got it videos seemed to play really fast but now its impossible. sometimes i leave a video loading for what seems like forever but still nothing
 

hsotnicam8002

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i have the same issue i dont know whats up. it seems like when i first got it videos seemed to play really fast but now its impossible. sometimes i leave a video loading for what seems like forever but still nothing
That's a point, I think I remember they played OK when I first got the iPad. But now - the worst shade of crap!
 

MaxPower49

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Are you guuys using the YouTube app or m.YouTube.com? M.YouTube.com will load faster (slightly) and give you better quality according to google
 

vfortier

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I trie d everything but in the end, what worked was this:

Go to YouTube.com
Login your account

Go to playback setup and select I have a slow connection.

No problems since then.

Running 3.2.1.
 

hsotnicam8002

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I trie d everything but in the end, what worked was this:

Go to YouTube.com
Login your account

Go to playback setup and select I have a slow connection.

No problems since then.

Running 3.2.1.
But that means no high quality versions, even on a desktop Mac. So that's no good!

Edit: Tried it and it doesn't work for me anyway!
 

ashVID

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Weird, no issues for me at all, even works on 3G. I do find I like the mobile site better than the app though.



ash =o)
 

hsotnicam8002

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Are you guuys using the YouTube app or m.YouTube.com? M.YouTube.com will load faster (slightly) and give you better quality according to google
But movies embedded in apps and sites can't use this. So it's not a solution. And anyway, the Apple app should work without fannying around. I thought the iOS and iPad were supposed to be easy to use? Having to find work arounds for a multitude of issues (the YouTube issues is just one) shows a lack of attention to detail by Apple. (Which other issues I hear you say. Well try printing directly from an iPad Pages document.)
 

upaymeifixit

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What are your download and upload speeds on the iPad? (You can use SpeedTest.net) And what are you getting on your computer? It may be your router. I had the same problem with my iPhone, but it was happening with everything, it just showed up best in YouTube. I was getting 0.6Mbps down on my iPhone and 30Mbps down on my computer, it turned out to be a few settings on my router. Now I get 10mbps down.

Here are the settings:

Beacon Period - 50
RTS Threshold - 2305 (or 1500)
Fragmentation Threshold - 2304 (or 1024)
DTIM Interval - 1
 

hsotnicam8002

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What are your download and upload speeds on the iPad? (You can use SpeedTest.net) And what are you getting on your computer? It may be your router. I had the same problem with my iPhone, but it was happening with everything, it just showed up best in YouTube. I was getting 0.6Mbps down on my iPhone and 30Mbps down on my computer, it turned out to be a few settings on my router. Now I get 10mbps down.

Here are the settings:

Beacon Period - 50
RTS Threshold - 2305
Fragmentation Threshold - 2304
DTIM Interval - 1
They are identical, iPad-iMac on BT Broadband. Already been through all of this. I'm hoping for some fresh ideas, especially from Apple.
 

OGDaniel

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Are you guuys using the YouTube app or m.YouTube.com? M.YouTube.com will load faster (slightly) and give you better quality according to google
Of course Google says that, Google owns YouTube...


And I only have this problem every once in a while. It is extremely frustrating when it does happen
 

hsotnicam8002

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Could it be your DNS?
I don't really see how this could be an issue. Especially as, when I updated to iOS3.2.1 there was an update stall (yet another iPad issue!) and I had to restore the iPad and reinstall the Network with concomitant renewal of the Lease. But, notwithstanding that, my iPhone setup was uneventful so why shouldn't the iPad have been?
 

hsotnicam8002

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Go to WI-FI and click on your network. Change your DNS to "208.67.222.222 or 208.67.220.220" This helped make it load faster. It still does stop sometimes but when it's not stopped it will load faster then the video.
My speed is 5.44 Mbps download and 0.90 Mbps upload.


http://appletoolbox.com/2010/05/ipad-slow-youtube-fixes/
I had tried this before, but tried again now - still no go! Getting bored with it now. No so magical, eh?