I have a pretty strange problem with YouTube: when I just go on YouTube and watch any video through Firefox, Chrome or Chromium (both with Flash and HTML5 players), it works perfectly.

BUT! When I log into my Google account and try watching any video while being logged in, it doesn’t play; it just shows me the “rolling wheel” icon on the screen (as if is loading).

I've done this test on a completely fresh system, without any changes, and on a system with some drivers installed. I had the same result on absolutely all distributions of Linux that I've tried (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS, 13.04, Mint, Fedora, OpenSuse).

So, where could be the problem?

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It might be because now that Youtube/Google knows who you are, they are trying to customize the pre-roll advertising to you

So, as a "normal" anonymous person, just by luck it turns out the advertising loads fine (even if it's just bottom of the video ads)

THEN, you log in, and through bad luck the CDN that is now serving your ads (or tracking your specific account through cookies), or any number of other servers that is used, is taking a long time to respond - and it causes the video to hang.

If this is going on for weeks or months then that is a different story - but if it's just a day or two, that's probably what it is. I have had that happen to me as well, and it didn't even matter if I went to different locations/wifi networks.


It is happening because it is loading ads based on your history and locations, from the nearest CDN. Install an adblocker to solve the problem.

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    What makes you think this is the case? Do you have any evidence or references to support this? Oct 16, 2014 at 8:47
  • It's my case. Exactly this happened to me. Oct 16, 2014 at 12:33

I'm having a similar issue. Only when I'm logged in it says my browser doesn't recognize any of the video formats. But using the same browser and tab and logging out, it works fine. I don't have "restricted mode" turned on either. So I'm at a loss over what the issue is.


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