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Windows 7: What is the fastest browser for watching HD youtube?


11 Apr 2010   #1

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What is the fastest browser for watching HD youtube?

I am using IE8 at the moment for watching youtube vids which is fine but when i try to watch them in HD it take a long time to load even though my connection speed is good so i wanted to know what is the fastest browser for watching HD youtube videos?


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11 Apr 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

It would be, in my opinion, Chrome.

http://www.google.com/chrome
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11 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Firefox would be a good choice
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11 Apr 2010   #4

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Not sure if HTML5 makes a difference when it comes to speed but...
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.


...But I use FF still.
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11 Apr 2010   #5
tux

Windows XP and 7 (with Debian Squeeze in a VM)
 
 

Watching HD videos, the main bottleneck is your video plug-in, not your browser.
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11 Apr 2010   #6

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Tux is right, you're going to have more problems with the video plug-in then the browser itself.

I typically download HD videos before I watch them, streaming them can get too unreliable. I'd research alternative video plug-ins than the norm. If you can't find any, switching between browsers may be your only option if they all don't use the same one.
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12 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Well keeping in mind that Google bought Youtube and therefore owns it, I'd say Chrome is the best choice.

I personally don't like Chrome that much. Other browsers should work well enough too.
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12 Apr 2010   #8
tux

Windows XP and 7 (with Debian Squeeze in a VM)
 
 

I can't see any relation here, RobinSchouten...?
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12 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

This is pretty much all down to the Flash plugin, which will be the same in each browser.

Make sure your flash is fully up to date.

Things should get better later this year. Flash 10.1 is supposed to be a big improvement.

You could track down a flash 10.1 beta and you may see performance improvements.

Do note that some youtube video seem to be on slower servers.

FWIW, I just verified identical performance between Firefox/Chrome on Alice HD movie trailer.

Both loaded at max bandwidth, and both played smooth as silk using about 16% CPU.
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12 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tux View Post
I can't see any relation here, RobinSchouten...?
What I meant was that Google has done everything to make YouTube the most compatible with Chrome since both YouTube and Chrome are their products.

They obviously would try to give Chrome users the best experience with YouTube possible.
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