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While watching videos (no video in particular) if the video starts buffering at 360p, I switch to 240p and it still buffers but if I switch to 480p it doesn't. I'm connected directly to a router so signal variation should not be an issue.

This happens on all desktop platforms I have tried. I used Chrome for all of them.

How come?

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    Could you please share the link? And which OS / browser? – Peter L. Feb 16 '13 at 19:46
  • Just a guess, but maybe the video is natively 480p, so it doesn't need any conversions if you view it in that resolution. – martineau Feb 16 '13 at 20:12
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    @peter There is no particular video and this happens on all desktop platforms I have tried. I used chrome for all of them – agovizer Feb 16 '13 at 23:28
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For improved buffering of 480p videos on YouTube try enabling the YouTube HTML5 Video Player at this link.

  • agovizer said in a comment below the original question There is no particular video and this happens on all desktop platforms I have tried. YouTube HTML5 Video Player buffers better than Adobe Flash Player on all platforms. – karel Oct 13 '17 at 8:20
  • No, actually it's the exact opposite. Because YouTube HTML5 Video Player has improved buffering it buffers for a longer time along the YouTube video timeline which results in a smooth uninterrupted video playback and no stuttering due to inadequate buffering. Basically I think you read the question backwards, because the question makes less sense except for the way I interpreted it. – karel Oct 13 '17 at 8:47
  • Because the question is unclear my answer isn't wrong. It's just a matter of how one reads an unclear question. – karel Oct 13 '17 at 8:50

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