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When you start a YouTube video, there's a light grey bar which indicates the loading of the video. When I replay the video (by clicking the 'replay' button or by clicking somewhere random on the horizontal play line), why does the video load/buffer again?

It never used to be like this, but recently I've noticed that for some videos this problem occurs. Does anyone else experience this?

I tried on both Chrome and Firefox in Windows 7.

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Does this happen irrespective of browser used? If so, YouTube might have changed something at their end. –  Karan May 24 '13 at 20:52
    
i tried on chrome as well as firefox –  AutoMEta May 24 '13 at 21:00
    
Yes, this is normal. The grey bar indicates that buffering is in progress. It's the same thing for me. But you will notice that the buffering is faster the second time you play the video. Also, even if you skip forward or backwards, the picture and sound comes on almost instantaneously. I'm not sure how it was before, but this is how it is now, and we better applaud Google for delivering galactic amounts of video material each Earthly day, than bashing YouTube for buffering too much or too slow or whatever. –  sammyg May 24 '13 at 22:11
    
Closers: This will be a duplicate if it's migrated. Please simply close it as OT. –  Tanner May 25 '13 at 19:02
    
possible duplicate of YouTube videos reload when I replay them? –  Al E. Aug 14 '13 at 20:13
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If you have a slow Internet connection I suggest you open the page of the video you want to watch, and when it starts to play you click the pause button. Then wait for the grey bar to reach the right end. Then you play the video.

If you experience that the grey bar gets stuck while the video is paused, try playing the video for a few seconds and then pause it again. This will make it start buffering again.

Sometimes it also helps to play and skip forward close to the end of the grey bar. This has the effect of speeding up the buffering sometimes. When the grey bar reaches the end you can skip back to the start and play the video.

This kind of play-and-pause approach is not for watching the video. It's only used to make sure the whole video is buffered.

Also, after watching the full length of the video, don't click to replay it. You just saw it! There's no point in watching it again. It will save you some bandwidth and maybe even Internet cost, and you can go do something else or watch a another video.

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I know this doesn't answer the "why" part. But at least you now have the "how" part of it. I just thought I would at least try to give you some tips on how to better use YouTube. –  sammyg May 24 '13 at 22:26
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