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YouTube Tip: Uses Feather Beta For Faster Video Page Loading

How to make YouTube video page loads faster if you have a slow broadband Internet access? Well, if a continuous ping youtube.com result show high packet loss, then complain your ISP as that is the ultimate culprit – 5% or more packet loss can cause terrible browsing experience especially with website over HTTPS connection.

If page loading problem is due to slow or low bandwidth (GPRS or EDGE network?), then you may try the YouTube Feather Beta.
The Feather project attempts to serve YouTube video watch pages with the lowest latency possible by reducing number of features available to the viewer and making use of advanced web techniques for reducing the total amount of bytes downloaded by the browser. – with reference to beta project opt-in page.

1) Go to Feather beta opt-in page,

2) Click the Join the “Feather” Beta hyperlink to temporarily turn on this option,

Enable YouTube Feather Beta to speed up video page loading time.

3) Now, you’re set to see a “lightweight”, “snappy” YouTube video page (not all videos support Feather Beta) – apparently, viewers’ comments and video sharing / embedding options are removed; fewer related videos showing at sidebar (as shown in the following screenshot):

YouTube Feather Beta present snappy video page.

How useful this YouTube Feather Beta is? I guess there is not much help on YouTube video streaming / playback performance except with a clean and faster video page (which might be nice when using YouTube on TV).

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