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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 3:43 am

Hi Guys 'n' gals,

Just a quick one to ask if anyone/everyone has noticed a dramatic slow down when D/L'ing or loading
any video/s from YouTube.

Started about a week or three ago but not sure about the exact date.
My usual routine is D/L'ing "The Techguy" (Leo Laporte), his weekly Saturday, Sunday shows & Security Now (Steve Gibson) on Tuesdays).

My D/L speed has not changed as other sites are still functioning as per "normal." (No slowdown at all.)

They now crawl down at between 30 kbps to less than 100 kbps.
Before it was up to 2 to 3 MBps.

This is using either Firefox v62 to v93.
Doesn't make any difference which version I use.

The videos are all about 2 to 2.5 hrs duration or ~400 Meg & now take around 2 + hrs to D/L.
Proper PITB.

Clearing the cache & cookies does not help.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Ta muchly.
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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 5:20 am

I wonder if this is related to reports on Free Download Manager: https://www.freedownloadmanager.org/boa ... 2f2#p50204

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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 6:19 am

Hi John,
Thanks for the feedback.
Thing is though, that FDM is not involved with this problem.

I think it's due to a new YT D/L'er extension that I'm trying out.
YouTube Downloader....by "al3k_popov." Has around 64,500 users.
Been through about 7 of them now & they all have weird Options/Settings & Affiliations to some "strange" sites.

Shame that the "Easy YT Video D/L Express" stopped functioning due to YT/Google playing games again & changing things that just worked.
The author of........ ^ the extension is trying his best to keep it working but failing badly due to "them.". AFAICS.

Will keep looking for one that works.

Download Helper looks like the only one that does at least work....even if a tad slowly.
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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 8:20 am

I tried downloading a video with youtube-dl command line. It's super slow.

Code: Select all
youtube-dl.exe --format 134 g28-TiHttOY

format code: 134
extension: mp4
resolution note: 640x360, 360p, 682k, avc1.4d401e, 30fps, video only, 290.89MiB

TheTechGuy
http://www.youtube.com/TheTechGuy/videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g28-TiHttOY

Maybe his channel is getting throttled for bad mouthing Windows 11.

:P

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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 9:00 am

Thanks morat.
Leo doesn't like Windows at all.....Look at all the problems they're having with v11.
So many bugs in a "new" OS. :)

I think it's due to a new YT D/L'er extension that I'm trying out.
YouTube Downloader....by "al3k_popov." Has around 64,500 users.


This extension only D/L's at the speed I mentioned.
Doesn't matter which YT video I try. They're all damn slow using that extension.
Scrapped it & went a'lookin'.

Will hope that Easy YT video D/L'er Express gets fixed & that Google leave things alone.
It worked fine.
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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 9:31 am

Odd; the Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express by Dishita works fine for me, and it's as fast as usual. Just FYI, in case it has any bearing on your issue.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... -dlwebpage

Sometimes YouTube changes their coding (or whatever), and then Dishita has to update the addon. This usually takes a few days.

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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 11:07 am

(With SeaMonkey & FlashGot, downloading, externally through Net Transport [I up'd it to 9 threads there], I was getting 900 KB/s. [on a 350 MB .webm download]. FlashGot is old, no more updates, so my choice of download is, eh, rather limited.)

Yep, youtube-dl (at all default settings) is dog slow.

yt-dlp ran rather speedily, hard to say for sure, but in the multiple MB/s range (at it's defaults, .webm, so 248+251, a/v I suppose that is, 1.18 GB.)
Fire 750, bring back 250.
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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 11:24 am

Hi Diane,
Yes...I know about YT/Google changing their code & Easy YT Video D/L'er Express always tries to update to compensate for those damn changes.

Probably because I'm not running the latest version of Firefox.

Just tried with v79 & 93 & Easy YT .......Express works fine.

Nice & quick too.

Proper PITB that Google keeps upping their damn code.
All to do with their "new" rules re; Protecting Copyright.
No more "fair use" or "Personal use only" apparently.

PTN:
Just tried to go to YT help page in v62 & none of their links function.
Shows how stupid they are.
> https://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en#topic=2676319

NOTE: I have way too many versions of Firefox available....but I only use 1 or 2 older ones.
Hate the supposedly "new look & features" they forced on us.
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Post Posted October 18th, 2021, 11:33 am

therube wrote:.... Yep, youtube-dl (at all default settings) is dog slow.

    youtube-dl, has been without updates for several months. And the main developer has some issues in his life
    (and he can't continue with youtube-dl for the moment ....)

therube wrote:.... yt-dlp ran rather speedily ....

    yt-dlp works perfectly:


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Post Posted October 20th, 2021, 6:55 am

Thanks for all the replies.

Guess I'll just have to use v79 or v93 + now.
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