Youtube: is it Apple or O2?

daneoni

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Mar 24, 2006
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Anytime i try to watch youtube vids over the 3G network on my 3GS it is ALWAYS a horrible experience, the video is completely blurry, sound is muffled and you pretty much cant make out any detail at all on the vids. The only to get decent quality is to use Wi-Fi

I thought this was O2 throttling its network for any streaming content. However i just got a Pre and Youtube vids load perfectly and at high quality on it over 3G

Is it the iPhone or O2 thats the culprit?
 

226896

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Sep 13, 2008
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A bit of both. The iPhone automatically degrades the quality when on 3G or EDGE because:

1. It would take ages to load, so in Apple's eyes it's a "better user experience" because it buffers faster.

2. O2 would get pissy at Apple for allowing users to stream full quality YouTube videos over 3G and EDGE.
 

Vandam500

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Sep 29, 2008
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You can easily have Wifi quality Youtube videos anywhere. It's very simple actually, just jailbreak your iPhone (less then 5 minutes) then buy a app called "3G Unrestrictor" and that's all :)
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
I was just going to say the same.
With a jailbroken iphone and 3G Unrestrictor youtube its tricked into thinking its connected to wifi all the time even when on 3G or Edge. So all videos would be high quality, probably a little longer to download also.


You can easily have Wifi quality Youtube videos anywhere. It's very simple actually, just jailbreak your iPhone (less then 5 minutes) then buy a app called "3G Unrestrictor" and that's all :)
 

lollicup

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Aug 20, 2009
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Anytime i try to watch youtube vids over the 3G network on my 3GS it is ALWAYS a horrible experience, the video is completely blurry, sound is muffled and you pretty much cant make out any detail at all on the vids. The only to get decent quality is to use Wi-Fi

I thought this was O2 throttling its network for any streaming content. However i just got a Pre and Youtube vids load perfectly and at high quality on it over 3G

Is it the iPhone or O2 thats the culprit?
someone brought this up before

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=700675
 

John T

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Mar 18, 2006
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I must be lucky :)

YouTube on my 3gs via 3G/O2 is perfect - and I don't always get a strong signal.
 

BergerFan

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Mar 6, 2008
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It's a balance between user experience and quality. The image quality isn't that bad, for viewing on the go.
I tried 3GUnresrictor, and I found that videos took just a little bit too long, and kept buffering, making the experience frustrating, despite the image quality.
 

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