YouTube Widget on FIOSTV unusable[ Edited ]
05-15-2010 06:29 PM - edited 05-15-2010 06:29 PM
Maybe there's something I'm missing but Youtube on FIOS TV seems to be unusable by design, at least if you have a slowish PC or in-house network is slowish (e.g. wireless).
I get to the Youtube widget on my FIOS TV, get the lists of videos from YouTube, choose one and select. However, it is unviewable because it stops and starts.. (The feed is too slow for real-time video via my wireless network and laptop I assume and there is no buffer.)
OK. No problem I think, this often happens on PCs too - Just pause the video, wait for the feed to download some more of the video, then play and it will be able to keep up..
Well, nope - As soon as you pause, the widget stops downloading so it never gets a buffer loaded!
OK, Well surely you can just restart the video (under "options") and, since many seconds are already loaded, you have a buffer and it will work right? Nope! The "Restart" option thows away what you have and starts reloading from the beginning again while trying still to play in real time!
OK, Well then exit to list and re-enter. Maybe it will keep the buffer then? - Nope! Reloads from the start forgetting everything it loaded previously...
Well - My conclusion is "YouTube Widget on FIOSTV is unusable"
What did I miss??
(or do I need to use a fast desktop and wire it direct with cat5 cable to the router which would be a real pain!)
Thanks for any help..
I have media manager running on a wireless computer and I am able to see video and audio with out any skips or drop outs. Of course the video plays in a small window and you have to click another button to get it to go full screen. The programming is a kludge. Playing one video after another causes the screen to flicker a few times and drop out a few times.
Verizon should only put this out a beta software. That way if it works for you.... great and if not OH well it is beta... People expect this to work. I have a blue ray player that will play YouTube videos and transition between vids with none of these problems. Verizon needs to down to the local high school and get some real programmers that understand what people really want.
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