Me too. I'm in Northern Mass. and have the same issue even though I have 50/25. I purchased the FIOS/Actiontec wireless N router from Verizon to see if there would be an improvement, but there wasn't. I've tried configuring the router to use Google's DNS, but this has not helped. YouTube is unusable as things stand now.
This might be a good solution for folks.
Someone from Reddit figured out the solution to remove the whole Google Peering or the whole intentional bandwidth throttling by Google.
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Basically, you need to block out the IP range that causes the bandwidth throttling, while you're trying to watch a Youtube under any video bitrate. I've tested this out and it works really well, utilizes my maximum bandwidth without any buffer.
Block IP from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168 within your Inbound Rules of your Windows Firewall. This link will help you proceed through the process on how to block the IP ranges: »http://www.studyblog.net/2011/10/block-ip-address-or-ip-range-in-windows-server-2008-by-windows-fire...
Under step 9, where you input the IPs, it's best to select "This IP address range" for easier inputs of your IP range.
Once you set this all up, you'll be able to watch any Youtube video with your glorious speeds
Add me to the list. I have verizon fios in NJ and have had it for a year. Up until last month youtube worked great but now it is completely unusable.
A few points:
- At work we have comcast and youtube HD streams just fine.
- My verizon iphone 3g streams 240p just fine
- I can't stream 240p,360p,720p,1080p youtube videos at all using my verizon fios directly connected to router. This happens to all my devices (3 laptops, ipad, iphone when connected to wifi).
- I have contaced verizon support about it, they insisted it was youtubes fault and somehow to get in contact with them (when I can't).
- Only my verizon fios internet does this, every other connection I have tried besides this youtube works just fine.
- All other video sites work just fine (vimeo and etc) it is only youtube that is doing this.
- I have been experiencing this for almost a month now and I am about to give up and jump ship to comcast.
There are no solutions that I have gathered from my search for a fix. I have tried google dns, I have tried to block specific IPs that force it stream directly from google, I have tried the CA trick at the beginning of the URL, emptying my cache and blah blah. Nothing works.
At first I thought this might be a youtube issue (since their new design/features have been terrible) but after using other ISPs other than Verizon I am starting to think it's something with them (throttling youtube or something?). My phone service is with verizon and I can stream videos just fine on my 3g... something is really wrong and no one seems to know what is going on 😞