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2008\08\17@191526 by Sean Breheny

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Hi all,

In the last few days I have begun having problems viewing videos on
YouTube. Specifically, what happens is that many videos will not play
and will give the message "This video is no longer available." Yet, if
I hit refresh enough times, it eventually plays AND has comments
posted to it within the last few minutes, indicating that it has not
been removed.

YouTube's "list of site issues" does not list this problem, however it
was last updated in April 2008. When I searched on YouTube's help
center for this error message, the only possible causes for it that it
listed were that the user or YouTube removed the video.

Anyone else having this problem? I searched the net and I did find
quite a few people who mentioned it, but no definitive answers in
terms of a workaround or a root cause. I have tried both FireFox and
IE and had the same issue.

Thanks,

Sean

2008\08\19@172918 by Herbert Graf

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On Sun, 2008-08-17 at 19:15 -0400, Sean Breheny wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> In the last few days I have begun having problems viewing videos on
> YouTube. Specifically, what happens is that many videos will not play
> and will give the message "This video is no longer available." Yet, if
> I hit refresh enough times, it eventually plays AND has comments
> posted to it within the last few minutes, indicating that it has not
> been removed.

Don't know if it's the reason, but it's possible the the video was "in
the process" of being removed. Youtube obviously farms out their site
across many servers. It's possible the video you were watching was in
the process of being removed. By hitting refresh you just happened to
hit a server that hadn't removed it yet.

TTYL

2008\08\21@000921 by Sean Breheny

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Hi Herbert,

Thanks for the reply. No, because it is still happening days later. It
looks like it has something to do with where I accessed the videos. At
home, it works. At work, it is intermittent. My work does not (AFAIK)
block youtube (and if they did, I wouldn't think that hitting reload
would help). It could be, though, that some of the recent network
changes they have made have caused some problems with playing flash
videos.

Sean


On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 5:29 PM, Herbert Graf <spam_OUTmailinglist4TakeThisOuTspamfarcite.net> wrote:
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2008\08\21@093233 by Tony Smith

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> Hi Herbert,
>
> Thanks for the reply. No, because it is still happening days
> later. It looks like it has something to do with where I
> accessed the videos. At home, it works. At work, it is
> intermittent. My work does not (AFAIK) block youtube (and if
> they did, I wouldn't think that hitting reload would help).
> It could be, though, that some of the recent network changes
> they have made have caused some problems with playing flash videos.
>
> Sean


Google maps does something similar on slow connections.  If it takes too
long to download a bit of an image, it simply says 'no data at this level'.
Refreshing will make it 'work'.

Tony

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