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I am unable to watch & enjoy videos on You Tube or video channels or news channels since the videos keep consistently breaking while streaming.

I use a PC & used to have IE 8 till recently but changed over to Google Chrome but the above problem persists.

My ADSL speed has also been doubled from 256 to 512 but with zero effect.

Please advise a way out so that I could enjoy watching videos.

Thanks in anticipation.

Ishtiaque Khan

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Your ISP may be throttling sites that have heavy video content, due to the high amount of bandwidth usage.

Try using something like a web based proxy to browse to these sites, and see if the problem persists. If it does, then your ISP is interfering with your YouTube viewing.

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Good call on the potential ISP throttling. –  TheTXI Aug 18 '09 at 18:13

If you are having trouble streaming videos, it is either a problem with the source or the recipient. In the case of YouTube, it is very unlikely to be the source. Therefore it is likely a bandwidth issue on your own part. Increasing your bandwidth should in most times correct it, but if you are still experiencing the same trouble, you may need to look towards other problems such as Spyware/Adware/Malware that may have infected your computer and is hogging bandwidth as it transmits data back to its source.

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I have ADSL 8M DOWN / Approx 2M UP, which is far faster what you have, but I will still get buffering pauses on certain sites. This is normally because there are far too many people trying to pull from that site (the server's problem, not the end user). In your case, you will probably run into buffering pauses far more often as your connection is slower, and more often higher quality (larger) videos are being posted. When you find a video you want to watch, simply pause it at the beginning let it fill the buffer and then play it.

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One thing you can try is to pause the video right after it starts and let it buffer for a bit before you actually start watching the video. If you still have problems with the video lagging, you know that the problem is on your computer, not with youtube/your connection.

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