Youtube App - Limited Content?

Unprocessed1

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Is it just me, or does it seem like the Youtube app has a lot of missing videos? If I search youtube on my MBP I get all the videos, including official music videos, whereas on the iPad I can never find what I'm looking for, especially music videos.
 

dav

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Jun 29, 2004
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The iphone app does exactly the same thing, perhaps something with publishers limiting the content to desktop only? Kind of annoying.
 

jrboddie

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Yes. When a video is published, there is a option to allow/disallow availability to mobile and tv syndication (TiVo).
 

JimKirk

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I think youtube is gimped.

The app has limited videos. And if you go to the website you get the mobile version.

I tried selecting desktop to get the full youtube and selecting html 5 beta.

Some videos load but most don't. Don't know if it is a google or a apple problem but it is lame nonetheless.
 

Unprocessed1

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Most of the ipad youtube videos are crappy too. :( Kind of defeats the purpose.
 

gwynne

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Youtube behaves the exact same way on my Western Digital Media Extender (which has a built in YT app). Basically everything I *want* to view, I'm not allowed to because the device is connected to a TV (or so the error message reads).

Some days I'm astounded by how much youtube sucks. But to be fair I was never a huge fan anyway.
 

Bodhi395

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Yes. When a video is published, there is a option to allow/disallow availability to mobile and tv syndication (TiVo).
Why would youtube even include this option? I'm guessing it has to do with some legal issue, but can't figure out what that would be. If its available for everyone to see on the internet already, why wouldn't people want it to be seen on a mobile or tv device?
 

taskmanager

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Jan 12, 2009
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It will only play the mobile videos. The mobile videos on youtube aren't using flash, which is why youtube made it available so you could view videos without it. Unfortunately the youtube channel owner has to check a box to allow mobile viewing. If only the ipad supported flash... common Steve make friends with adobe
 

phillyred79

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Mar 12, 2010
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Yeah, its kinda a bummer esp. when you wanna show off your shiny new iPad to your friends and ***** don't work! Also, the resolution is kinda disappointing too esp. in landscape mode.. Oh well.. I still love my iPad though!
 

ClaireL

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I freaking love YouTube! I watch HD videos on it all the time and they look great. Lower res videos not so much but I don't care especially since there are loads of old TV show goodness for my huge iPad screen! :D

Btw, is there a way to search for videos by Date either on the YouTube app or through the browser? On my computer, it would let you search for videos that had been uploaded within a day or month etc.
 

Smackfu

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Apr 3, 2010
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If you want to see this in action, search for an official music video on desktop YouTube and Favorite it. Now if you go to your favorites on the iPad, you will see the video but if you try to play it, it will say it's unsupported on the iPad.

Or just follow this link on the iPad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrO4YZeyl0I
 

vstephenson

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On the subject of YouTube...

When I try to save/flag a video as a favourite i keep getting the error message "YouTube not available"

Any ideas?

Cheers
Vincent
 

TEG

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Actually, many artists and users, prevent their videos from being embedded (or syndicated), unfortunately, because of that, you can only view the videos via a web browser.

TEG
 

sandshir

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limited content on youtube

The reason why artists and media companies limit some of their content to desktop only is because many people hook up their ipads and iphones to their cars (with growing media connectivity in modern vehicles) and forgo subscription options like xm/sirius satellite radio or radio in general which reduces these artists ability to generate money through these premium subscription based services. Its self defeating. Same with youtube on playstations and Apple TV's, by being able to play the main HD versions of artists music and video (or media content), you forgo adding premium media channels to your channel line up. Even the internet service providers and telecom companies hate it, because many mobile phones come with unlimited data usage plans, and so rather than people paying for the extra channels, they pay for the unlimited data plan (which comes out to less) and use their youtube ready mobile devices to stream endless amount of media and data to their tv sets. The only solution for the media/telecom complex shall we call it is to limit the streaming only to desktop devices, your not gonna take your desktop to your car, and your not going to hook it up to your tv set every time with cables, some do, but many wont its too much work and hassle.