Your best bet would probably be using a DLNA server app (This one, for example, though there are lots of others) on one device and an appropriate player (example) on the other devices. Not sure if it would work over a hotspot tether though, but there are free apps available for both ends, so it can't really hurt to try.
EDIT: Oh, misunderstood the question....
I am the developer. It was using the full video streams up until last week when I released version 1.8.
However it is possible that the android MediaPlayer when given a video stream, doesn't bother to download the video too, but I doubt so.
Now it specifically downloads audio-only streams, however only on Android 4.3+ devices.
Android 4.2 and lower ...
You shouldn't need to uninstall anything. You just need to clear the default.
Go into your settings and the app manager. Find the default video player. (You'll probably have to change your view from "Downloaded" to "All" in order to find it. I expect it's called "Video" or similar.) In the settings for the app should be a button labeled "Clear defaults". ...
You can go to the play store and view the 'my apps' section. This should list your most recently updated apps. You can check the top 27 or so and see if it helps you determine, which one may be affecting video playback.
If you have a file manager (I use ES File Manager version 184.108.40.206) that can create shortcuts to the desktop, then it is possible to do what you ask.
From ES File Manager, press the file, select More.
Select Open As. A window appears with options. Choose either Audio or Video
A new window will appear with the options to select the app to open the file with....
You did not mention the device you are using. Your device does not seem to have license/support to play the VP9 codec in its HW codecs.
One workaround is to tricking the YouTube app that you are using a different device which has license for VP9 codecs (Most recent devices does). Unfortunately you need to Root your device to achieve this because it required ...
Stock android does not offer the possibility of creating custom desktop shortcuts since that's something handled by the launcher which is just an app like any other. While some launchers do offer to option to create buttons for any activity (e.g. Nova and others) they don't currently have the option of setting additional arguments for the shortcuts such as ...
You can try to use an alternative to the default YouTube app, a popular choice being NewPipe. Although I haven't tested this myself yet, one of the listed features is being able to play videos in the background - even just the sound, without having to waste battery by displaying something you dom't actually care about.
A number of factors may come into play here, firstly as highlighted by Morrison these devices may perhaps have different radio protocols (or standards) that they use and support different bands consequently different downlink speeds.
For more on this see: Why do two smartphones connected to the same WiFi network show different speeds (one displays the link ...
If your PC happens to have a WiFi adapter, you don't need to care about the connection type and can stream video content to your device via an application like Plex or Moon VR Player for example.
The limitations are inherent to the video player you choose to use on your phone.
I assume you are interested by VR headsets since you included the tage "...
It's been a while and I haven't seen any answers, so I'm gonna post my approach and findings. If someone has an answer, please post here and I will accept it.
So far, I couldn't find a list of devices that supports the UVC driver.
If you do have a device and wondering it would support UVC, you can download Go FPV App which will show whether you have a UVC ...
You could use the workaround I mentioned in MIUI forum, to use a pendrive with a NTFS format, needing no root.
To do that you need a some custom OTG drives which are bundled in some File manager apps such as MiXplorer.
The Custom USB OTG driver works well this these additional
filesystems: FAT32 (R/W), exFat(R/W), NTFS (R).
Simply open the app,
There are a number of devices similar to ChromeCast which plug into the TV's HDMI port and accept wifi streaming from computers/phones/tablets. Some are quite inexpensive, and a few incorporate a full media computer running either Windows or Linux. Any of these will let you stream media to any HD TV, even a first year model.
If necessary, you could also ...
TrinusVR is an app that allows you to stream HD video from you PC to your smartphone, either wireless with some latency, or with a USB cord without latency. Meant for video games but it will stream whatever is on your computer screen. Then you need an HDMI capture device connected to your PC, and you've got a way to port HDMI into your Android. The catch is ...
In July 2016 Amazon upgraded their Amazon Video app... now when downloading a video it prompts you if you want it saved to your SD card (if you have one installed). -Settings- in this app also has an Internal/SD Card toggle switch where to save. The negative is any videos already saved to Internal memory have to be deleted and re-downloaded to the SD Card ...
I was using DicePlayer and I confirm that it supports 2x speed for video playback for media contents.
I am not sure how are you going to play youtube videos on this player. Youtube uses it's own stuff to play the content.
If you are using a third party video player of your device,say, VLC Media Player, then go to setings>Apps>Manage Apps>VLC>Clear Data, and reset the data.
Once done, use a system cleaner app like Cleaner Master and clear the Junk on your device. This should solve he problem.
If the problem still persists, opt to reinstall the video player app.
Their could be a number of possible problems such as the format of the video; either the phones hardware or Cyanogenmod 10 may not support the format in which the video is in. I believe the video format is most likely the case because as you describe:
The exact same video on my iPad will load usually instantly on the exact same connection.
HTML 5 video plays within the browser in Chrome. To use HTML 5 video with Youtube (both the mobile and desktop websites), go to http://www.youtube.com/html5 to turn it on.
Browsers won't be able to run Flash animations, videos, and games, because Adobe decided to stop supporting Flash on mobile devices. Adobe is also winding down its Flash authoring tools ...
The years have passed since the OP asked the question. Since then things have changed.
It is possible to select the quality of the video.
When playing a video, click the 3-dot on the right top corner. Select Quality, then choose the video quality.
Note: Some video qualities will be shown if your device can't handle them.
You can't. Those quality settings only apply to the desktop version. Mobile apps use a different set of videos, which are already optimized for mobile devices, and have two different quality settings, regular and HD.
A simplistic solution to your problem would be the following:
Set up any one of the IP Camera apps on the Play store.
Access the IP Camera app's web interface via the server.
Set the web interface to record the video feed to its storage.
This would work; but you haven't specified if you own the server or not, what type of server it is, or whether you are ...
If all the other answers look too complicated, or are not suiting you for other reasons: There are apps available helping you to Manage Default Apps. Two examples of that are Clear Defaults and Default App Manager:
The former simply lets you clear the default for an action type, while the letter also lets you chose which app should be the default, which ...