As you probably know, the YouTube video player caches the loaded portions of the video so one can seek to any previously-loaded part of the video without re-downloading it. When viewing a video and the playback stops in order for the player to buffer more of the video, I usually go back to a previous already-downloaded point (less boring than staring at the throbber).

After I click on the orange area:

Going back

the player seems to discard the cached file and start re-downloading the video starting at the specified point. This has been happening for quite a while, and it's bothering on my low-speed connection.

Why is this happening and is there a workaround?

I tried using the experimental HTML5 player; it showed the same issue.

1 Answer 1


It's a bug that YouTube needs to fix. As the player is Flash, there's no possible workaround for this issue. But there's a better way to watch YouTube videos from a PC video player called VLC, if you don't have VLC, search the web for download links.

Open VLC Player -> Click the Media tab in the menu bar -> Select Open Network Stream and paste the URL to the YouTube video you want to watch.

Tip #1: You can also play a playlist, just paste the URL to your playlist.

  • It's awesome to know VLC can play YouTube videos; quite impressive. I can't seem to get it to work just now, but I'll investigate the issue. Thank you! One more thing — is the bug documented/filed?
    – Chris
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 13:08
  • I don't know, but it's a common issue, so people might have already filed the report for this bug. Also, keep your Flash player updated, to get the best out of YouTube player. Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 15:06

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