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A behind-the-scenes look at how YouTube handles and distributes videos

By Shawn Knight
Nov 18, 2013
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  1. We use YouTube all of the time to check out the hottest music videos, instructional videos or the latest viral videos but have you ever stopped and thought about what all it takes to keep the site operating as smoothly...

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  2. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Booster Posts: 455   +150

    "We use YouTube all of the time to check out the hottest music videos, instructional videos or the latest viral videos but have you ever stopped and thought about what all it takes to keep the site operating as smoothly as possible? Or what happens to your video behind-the-scenes once it has been uploaded?"

    It's the first thing that pops into my head each day I wake up. It eats at and eats me. It's enough to drive a person mad. Thank God for this article.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,225   +777

    An interesting article & video but I'd have never died wondering about that spinning wheel.
     
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 935   +106

    A lot of what is being explained is pretty obvious stuff just by using the service. Different resolutions, duh, the different methods of streaming, again, something I was already aware of. Then come the excuses to why it might not be working so well, and again, unless your a total boob, you should know why your internet connection is garbage, or you have a million things running at once on your PC. It's when I'm watching a video that I have already seen, I know my PC is NOT the bottleneck, my ISP is one of the most reliable in the country, but it still seems to have trouble buffering. Do I sit there trying to figure out why? Not at all, I'll refresh the page or pause the video and do something else while it's fixing itself. I guess those of simple minds are easily amused by such obvious things. Then again most people don't have education backgrounds in network administration, they teach you a lot of this stuff.
     
  5. YouTube's constant page freezes and buffering problems make the government's health care site look good.
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 414   +38

    Being an IT guy I already have a decent understanding as to how YT works and why the video pauses... what I can't understand is why the hell they can't simply let the viewer have a large buffer. Netflix doesn't have this issue, in fact I've had Netflix work quite well even on some really unstable connections with a fair amount of packet loss. When I pause a Netflix after it has been playing awhile, I notice it has quite a large buffer. I was able to reset my cable modem while watching a Netflix video without one interruption. So we have the tech to do it, its either that YT doesn't have the knowledge of how to do it, or is so much larger than Netflix that they have too many variables to do it effectively.
     
  7. pounder

    pounder TS Rookie

    Thank you gizmodo as an old guy around when napster was the big game in town, most appreciate what it takes for you tube to Work as great as it does, Thank You.
     


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