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Is Verizon Throttling YouTube Vids?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid' started by MightyT01, Dec 20, 2010.

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    I've noticed a disturbing rate of frequency lately on my Moto Droid with Verizon. While trying to stream YouTube vids via 3G, my connection will automatically throttle down to 1x EVDO speeds and the YouTube vids begin to stutter and essentially become unwatchable.

    I never watch HQ YouTube vids while on 3G. Wireless streams great, of course. Furthermore, when I get out of YouTube, wait a little, I'll reacquire my 3G connection and all is well again.

    For streaming audio like Pandora, RadioTime, Slacker, or Flash Audio via the browser, I never get the throttle back to 1x EVDO from 3G.

    Just curious to see if anyone else out there experiences this throttling and wondering if Verizon is intentionally throttling YouTube on 3G service?
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    I haven't been able to reproduce this myself on my droid on apex1.3.1
    I also stay away from streaming HQ if I'm not on wifi because I can't stand buffering
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    Mine has done that ever since the OTA of 2.2!Most I try to watch are so bad I just turn em off.
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    Same here. I just save YouTube for my PC.
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    Where do you guys come up with this stuff? Your YouTube videos are delayed basically and you think it's deliberately done by Verizon.

    It's so absurd I don't know what else to say. Verizon IMHO has never shown any indications of delivering anything else but top quality service.

    Could it be possible it's with the server at the other end?
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    +1 to hookbill on this one - sounds hokey to me...

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    Hook, lay off the flaMe and don't b such a fanboy. I'm just relaying my personal experience and want input from others with similar issues. If you have great throughput and no throttling, great. You get a gold star and thanks for sharing.

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    Honestly mine is shoddy too but I don't know if it's due to throttling or signal or Christmas. I wouldn't put it past any of the carriers to throttle though. I remember every 3g commercial said something to the effect of, "instant access to videos" & would show some person enjoying things like YouTube..... now with 4g or LTE it's like "Yo 4 realz this time". I encourage everyone to run the FCC mobile bandwidth app from time to time.[​IMG]
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    As soon as I read this I tested it out, but nothing happened. It stayed on 3G the entire time and the video never even buffered. Do be sure to NOT have HQ on when not in Wi-Fi area but I for a fact never saw it change to 1x or anything.:greendroid:
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    Well, this gives me hope that it's just my town and the limited throughput in the towers. I read another thread that indicated a possible finite amount of data throughput a cell tower can handle, which can lead to 3G degradation. Next time I head out of town I'll try Youtube streaming on 3G and see what my results are.
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    not just you

    I've experienced this a couple of times. Both times is was in the middle of downloading... something. After I killed the browser, it went back to 3G. My initial thought was shoddy signal coverage in my office, but the coincidence was too great. I've never had it happen when the 3g signal is strong though, so I don't know.
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    i too have always had issues with youtube whether its via the browser or dedicated app. wifi never works right for me, so my reference is with 3g connection.

    not sure whats going on but it appears to be related to either android or timeouts/data packet exchange between the phone and tower.

    its so far happened to me on droid 1 and droid 2

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    YouTube over 3g for me has never been lightning fast but I can watch HD videos streaming no problem.

    Not sure what's going on here. I don't suspect throttling but who knows these days.
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    I have to agree with the original poster. Not specific to youtube, but to data usage in general. If I tether, I notice my speed drops SIGNIFICANTLY after a few minutes of heavier usage. The pattern repeats itself over and over and over. Things are fine if I want a few seconds or even a few minutes, but if I keep going (let's say 15-20 minutes), very often I'll be stuck at no more than 1.5kbs. I clearly think Verizon is throttling users who are sucking up bandwidth.

    Again, this is my experience as observed over and over and over again. You experience may be different.
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    ive been watching your posts over time ... your comment here it sounds like you dont have depth of perception to the issue being posted. maybe you havent experienced this with your services in your location, but others have. i wouldnt ever say a company is not capable of willingly doing something like this, because in the real world in fact many companies are capable of this and more. the honest consumer acts as a sort of police to keep the foul play curbed. its our money and we demand the services we pay for AS THEYVE BEEN ADVERTISED.

    back to this topic: i was in bayside ny last night and youtube worked better. clips downloaded even when play was paused. but unpausing didnt always continue playback. there is some throttling going on or the packet data timeouts are interrupting the app functionality.

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    It could be that there are more people connected to your tower? We won't get drops in service like at&t but bandwidth is bandwidth, and towers are still connected via cable (or is it fiberoptics?). I myself haven't noticed any slowdowns personally but I do notice slightly worse transmission rates during the day at the norfolk navy base than at ten at night. Around ten pm I've notice my speed has increased by at least a factor of 3. I can still connect but its at a slower rate (no dropped calls though, in your face at&t).

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    Everyone needs to remember that service varies for MANY different factors. Yes VZW is going to throttle (for lack of a better word) certain types of traffic in highly congested or poorly serviced areas to allow more consistent dataflow through their network across all users. Why should someone just checking something via their browser or using their GPS not be able to do so because other's want to watch videos... people are under the stupid impression that VZW (and more importantly their towers) have ENDLESS bandwidth... guess what THEY DON'T so yes they have extensive algorithms and policies in place to figure out who to throttle and when to keep the network (or at least any one particular tower at a given time) from crashing or being to heavily bottle-necked. So if the tower in your area is under heavy load guess what, everyone is going to suffer a little and some will get priority over others (e.g. GPS users likely over someone watching YouTube)... Your home ISP does the same thing, as does the IT department at your work ect.
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    +1.

    bandwidth is still finite.


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