I have a stock Captivate on AT&T. I've tried to watch videos at least a dozen times, and maybe twice it's worked as I would like it to.
- "This video cannot be played". I saw the question about "allow mobile playback" flag, but I get it on user-created stuff too (not just commercial stuff). Is there a way to check if the flag is set, say from the desktop web interface?
- 20+ second load time before playback starts, even for short videos, if it works at all
- Sometimes I wait over a minute and the "spinner" ("Loading video") never goes away
- Once it starts playback, if the buffer runs out, I can't get it to start again. The buffer indicator might start growing again (pale red line appears again and gets bigger) but nothing I do can make it start actually playing. I hit play/pause, scan forward/backward, tap the time bar, etc; nothing happens.
- I have tried HQ and not-HQ; both have issues though HQ is worse (not surprising)
- I have tried it on WiFi and 3G; 3G actually seems a little better
- I can watch YouTube just fine on my laptop, etc, over the same wifi connection
- I have used the wifi analyzer app (forgot the name) to inspect spectrum; there are no conflicting / overlapping networks in my area
- I can download podcasts on Listen at ~10+ MB/min (estimated by my watch) so it's not something wonky with my wifi connection
- I've rooted the phone but only so I could fix a corrupt wifi settings file (known issue, but I'm having trouble finding a ref link right now). I'm pretty sure the issue is not related, and I'm not running any other superuser stuff.
I'm at a loss. I have no idea how to track this down -- there's no particular error to look up, just general crappiness. Is it just me? Does everybody have this terrible of an experience? Would the "lag fix" do anything for me? Is there a better 3rd-party player? (someone mentioned sideloading VLC)
I don't view a lot of YouTube videos generally, but when I do get a chance to look at them it'd be nice to be able to do so on my "super" phone...