YouTube wants you to know when your ISP is causing slow videos, or lacking HD
When we are forced to wait a minute or two to watch a short video on YouTube, the buffering icon is a vile and horrible sight to see. You may instinctively get angry with YouTube for slowing down your ‘lols’ or ‘awww’ inducing moments, but Google wants to remind you that it isn’t always their fault when a video won’t load.
On an official post published by Google, the company talked about a new service that it will be rolling out that will point the finger at unreliable or intentionally slow ISP companies. Google stated, “Starting today, if you’re in the U.S., you can use the Google Video Quality Report to see the level of video quality your Internet service provider can play YouTube. If you’re regularly seeing videos buffer, this report can give you a better idea of why, as well as tips to make YouTube play better.”
This comes as new FTC guidelines are moving through congress, and the idea of net-neutrality grows bleaker and bleaker here in the United States. You can check out Google’s report card on your how well your ISP is handling all of Google’s videos on the popular service below.
Google created a terrific landing page to show their methodology in rating the ISP and video-quality of their service.
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