In the past I have seen 1.5X/2.0X playback in YouTube working on some YouTube videos.

To ensure this was not due to "old" YouTube videos, I chose a random 2014 Superbowl commercial. I cannot see any speedup playback controls.


I am using Chrome on OS X Mavericks.

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Update After a half dozen attempts the speed setting is now showing up - on the same video it did previously.

I have no clue what has caused the speedup capability to reappear: I did not make any Settings changes in the interim.

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  • is it possible that it was temporarily disabled on youtube?
    – user62101
    Mar 24, 2014 at 11:15

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Google youtube html5 - this will take you to a page that allows you to select html5 as the preferred player. HTML 5 = player - you have the speed option. Flash = player - no speed option.

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