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YouTube testing 'feather' version for quicker loading

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Dec 2009 0:15 User comments (5)

YouTube testing 'feather' version for quicker loading YouTube has posted today that they have begun testing a "feather" version, a lighter version of the site which will allow for the quickest loading and playback of the videos.
Says the streaming giant:

One of our priorities is ensuring that videos always load and playback quickly. However, a consequence of rolling out higher quality video, HD and, more recently, 1080p, is that playbacks might suffer if bandwidth or computer processing power is low. There are also a few countries where bandwidth is at a premium and videos can take several seconds to start playing.

Let's face it: in this age of instant gratification, even several seconds of loading time can feel like an eternity.

With all of this in mind, "Feather," an ultra light watch page, launches today in TestTube, our ideas incubator where we test out new products. As you can see by the below screenshot, the player still features prominently, but will default to standard quality. Related videos, comments and other familiar features from the current watch page are kept to a minimum. All of this results in a user experience that aims to keep things simple and the videos loading and playing quickly. If we see adoption go up along with improvements in latency, we'll look to roll this out of TestTube and make it more widely available.


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5 user comments

15.12.2009 4:15

The defaulting to standard quality makes sense, however the other stuff like keeping comments to a minimum isn't a big deal. I can't imagine loading some text eating a bunch of bandwidth. Who knows though, if you're loading video after video maybe it adds up. No complaints here.

25.12.2009 8:43

Fire fox and kasversky just wont navigate youtube right 0-o

35.12.2009 15:28

Originally posted by KSib:
The defaulting to standard quality makes sense, however the other stuff like keeping comments to a minimum isn't a big deal. I can't imagine loading some text eating a bunch of bandwidth. Who knows though, if you're loading video after video maybe it adds up. No complaints here.
Youtube itself loads quick for me, but the videos haven't for at least the past 6 months. I'm on a 15Mbps connection so that's not the problem. I live in San Antonio and not some 3rd world country, so that's not the problem. I'm really not sure what the deal is, every other streaming video site works just fine. Just with youtube I gotta hit play, then pause, then come back in 5 minutes to watch the video.

The page with the video on it pops right up, the little box with the video in it pops right up. I hit play and I gotta wait and wait and wait.

45.12.2009 15:31

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Fire fox and kasversky just wont navigate youtube right 0-o
Well I figured it out its download healer add on that kills and lags the connection to youtube..had to turn off all my add ons and see what did what...

511.12.2009 8:16

Youtube has been really slow for me for a couple months. On a 20 meg line, but hell a 1 minute clip wants to buffer 5 times during the clip

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