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    • Oblivion
    • By Oblivion 10th Oct 16, 5:50 PM
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    What Has Happened To Youtube In Windows 7?
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    • 10th Oct 16, 5:50 PM
    What Has Happened To Youtube In Windows 7? 10th Oct 16 at 5:50 PM
    Windows 7


    I revisited my bookmarked music collection in Youtube after an absence of several weeks. It has all changed. Music videos that used to play in HD are now only playing at 360p with no option to increase definition.


    Is this something Youtube have done or is this Microsoft meddling again?
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    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 10th Oct 16, 5:58 PM
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    I've just looked at a few music videos using IE11 and W7 and was able to change the resolution to 720p HD.

    Have you tried a different browser?
    https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6322658?visit_id=0-636117153098356548-4266262849&p=missing_quality&rd=1
    • Oblivion
    • By Oblivion 10th Oct 16, 6:12 PM
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    • 10th Oct 16, 6:12 PM
    I've just looked at a few music videos using IE11 and W7 and was able to change the resolution to 720p HD.

    Have you tried a different browser?
    https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6322658?visit_id=0-636117153098356548-4266262849&p=missing_quality&rd=1
    Originally posted by shaun from Africa

    I did see that link and it would seem that Youtube have abandoned high def in IE in Windows 7 ... an appalling decision considering Win7 is supposedly being maintained until 2020.


    I wonder how much Microsoft paid them.
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    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 10th Oct 16, 6:35 PM
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    It'll be because Microsoft don't develop new browsers for their older systems.

    Firefox works fine, many other browsers work fine.

    The other issue is your ISP, a lot of ISPs connect you to Youtubes caching servers rather than a direct connection. These servers are designed for network administrators to reduce bandwidth usage in companies that don't block Youtube. ISPs shouldn't really be redirecting to them, but they do and Youtube automatically limits video quality to low bandwidth connections.

    I have those caching servers blocked in my router settings, forcing a direct connection and if my ISP is still throttling me, then I turn on my VPN and encrypt my data so they can't tell what i'm using my bandwidth for.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

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    • almillar
    • By almillar 17th Oct 16, 3:36 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 3:36 PM
    Oblivion, don't blame YouTube or Microsoft. Get off IE. I'm surprised it's happened, if indeed you're on the latest version of IE, but in Win7 at least, there are definitely better browsers.
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 17th Oct 16, 3:48 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 3:48 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 3:48 PM
    It'll be because Microsoft don't develop new browsers for their older systems.

    Firefox works fine, many other browsers work fine.

    The other issue is your ISP, a lot of ISPs connect you to Youtubes caching servers rather than a direct connection. These servers are designed for network administrators to reduce bandwidth usage in companies that don't block Youtube. ISPs shouldn't really be redirecting to them, but they do and Youtube automatically limits video quality to low bandwidth connections.

    I have those caching servers blocked in my router settings, forcing a direct connection and if my ISP is still throttling me, then I turn on my VPN and encrypt my data so they can't tell what i'm using my bandwidth for.
    Originally posted by Strider590

    ^^ This - excellent post
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