YouTube Videos Not Always Playing - Why?

Oct 15, 2008 • 7:21 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

I have a personal pet peeve with YouTube. Way too often, when I try watching a YouTube video, it simply won't play. The message I get is "We're sorry, this video is no longer available." The thing is, the video is available. All you need to do is refresh the page and play it again and often, it will work.

Here is a picture of what I normally see: YouTube iMovie Issue

Why does this bother me? I don't watch man YouTube videos, but I do offer a weekly video blog that is published to iTunes and also to YouTube. And for each person that hits play on the YouTube version, I would say about 50% get this error. It is not limited to my videos, it happens to virtually all the videos I try.

YouTube has an on going thread on this at Google Groups but all we have are complaints, moderated by a YouTube representative. There are over 200 messages in that thread. The solution? I do not know.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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10/16/2008 09:53 am

Yeah, this is a super annoying feature. I often think that the video has actually been removed (e.g. due to copyright infringement) before I remember to refresh the page and then it works. YouTube just need to say why this feature exists - and if it's not a good reason, to get rid of it. Two solutions: Use a competitor (e.g. vimeo) or put the video in some sort of iframe that refreshes every 10 minutes.


10/17/2008 04:55 am

You just have to refresh the page and it works. It's really annoying coz i can't do this in my Google reader for each and every video :-((

Toby Graham

10/17/2008 12:05 pm

I even on friendfeed yesterday had the message appear whilst the video played behind it. Weird.


12/24/2008 10:25 pm

Not only utube videos all the videos which i play on internet is not play always why?


03/20/2009 08:47 pm

none of the youtube videos are working for me its SOOO ANOYING !

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