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What's happening for me is constant hiccups, so I'll stop the video and let it buffer kind of for a while. But every time I've tried that, the video has just froze (and never started back) about 1/4 through. I would much prefer the old way.
Crossville, Alabama/America. DSL.
Conway, New Hampshire, 4mbps cable which I access wirelessly. It stutters pretty constantly, but really, the worst problem is I can't let the video load before I watch it. I'd MUCH rather have to wait to see a video load then being able to see it instantly with a ton of buffering.
Works ok for me and I'm in london with an internet connection that is supposed to be 8MBs, but on internet speed sites rarely passes 300k. This annoys me, but it works fine. However, one thing that I would comment on about this system is that the streaming system has sacrificed showing what has loaded, so you don't get the darker bar showing what areas are normally loaded, with the ability to click to any area for streaming. Sometinmes I have times where it goes into constant buffering, and so pause to let it load. It would be nice to still know how far the video has loaded in the more traditional way as well.
Manchester UK, 2mbps. Sometimes videos buffer, sometimes they stop completely but one thing is always happening which is that I can't jump backwards or forwards in videos like I used to be able to do, without it going bufferry. For that reason I'd like it to go back how it was, I don't think it ever needed changing.
I go to a boarding school in New Hampshire. they have a crazy firewall. with streaming video, i cant watch any giant bomb stuff after 3. I dont know why, but it makes me sad.
can we please bring the old way back
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, United States
DL: 6.59 MB/S
UL: 19.72 MB/S
Videos load slower than 2009 videos. A lot of the time it says loading on the video for a fraction of the second.
Videos end before they should ALL THE TIME. Sometimes I may miss up to 1 minutes of video because it cuts off but normally its only about 5 seconds that is cut off... which is still annoying.
Connection Speed: SUPER FAST. FATER THAN YOURS.
Oxford, UK. Cable (512k/10Mb up/down).
Often getting constant 'Loading...' stuttering throughout video. Doesn't seem to be doing much local caching at all (leaving video paused at start to build up a decent buffer before playing doesn't seem to help). Used to be near perfect (rare occasions when link was slow I could just leave it to cache with the grey bar showing me how quickly it was going) but now is so bad I think twice before even trying a video.
Being able to jump into the stream at any point is cool but
I live in Brazil, i have a 12mbits connection.
I don't like it for a series of reasons:
Streaming is kind of weird right now. It doesn't buffer. Or, in fact, it apparently doesn't buffer. IF i start watching a video and press the pause button, my bandwidth is still being used. If I press play, i get the "buffered" video working nicely. However, when the player stops downloading the video, it automatically jumps into the "duder it's over" screen (as if i was watching as the player was downloading), which is not true.
If my connection is bad for some reason (mostly overseas routing, which is a bitch), i'll either have to watch the video stuttering or NOT WATCH AT ALL, since i can't buffer it (as the player thinks i finished watching the movie when it finishes downloading it and throws me the "duder it's over" screen).
The new system also prevents me from easily downloading the videos. I know that's not the main direction of your site, but earlier i could easily download the videos and convert them for my mobile devices (not everyone, despite of what everyone at giantbomb things, likes or has a iPhone or an iTouch). Now, that's either much harder to impossible to do.
While the streaming is good (because i can jump anywhere in the video), the not-quite buffering you guys have going on right now is really horible. Youtube allows me to jump anywhere in the video AND buffer it at the same time. And i stil lcan download the videos, even tho that's not their main goal with the site.
Overall, i think the older method was better than the new one.
Personally, i've never had any problems with the old method. I could both watch videos instantly (if my overseas routing was good), and i would be able to stop them for a couple minutes and wait them to buffer if i had to (overseas traffic being bad). Now, even if my connection is a little worse than ideal, the video buffers for 10 seconds and i lose those 10 seconds at the end of the video.
The only good thing to come out of the new method for users (being able to jump to any place in the video without having to wait for it to load) is not good enough when compared to what the other, older player provided (ability to actually buffer the video and watch later, download to convert to mobile/other devices, actually being able to watch the video until the end without it cutting midway through because the player thinks i already watched everything).