Does downloading use the same amount of bandwidth as just watching a Youtube video?

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Hi, Leo. So I need to understand something. We’ve done the “illegal” thing as we homeschool our children and I downloaded a tool to be able to download Youtube clips so that we can replay them for our kids during the times that we school them. There actually are some good things out on Youtube. My question relates to this. If I download and save a file of say, six minutes, it’s sometimes 130 MG of data. If I watch the file normally through YouTube, does it also eat up a 130 MB of data? So what’s cheaper? Viewing it normally or downloading it to have it to view plenty of times again?

For many other services including the videos that I host myself, the answer is pretty simple. However, Youtube and other services get very sophisticated, and that makes this actually a little bit hard to explain.

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Why do Youtube videos start and stop when they didn’t used to?

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I’ve used Mozilla to enjoy YouTube videos for years without problems. Now, I get lots of stops and starts. I checked your article on this and didn’t find out how or why the videos played faithfully before but not now. The problem started about a month ago. AT&T wants me to upgrade. Well, why would I pay more for something that I’ve enjoyed for years. I’m running Windows 7 and I’ve tried both IE 9 and Mozilla 25 with the same results. I even tried a different computer. I’ve emptied my cache and deleted my cookies; checked my browser speeds and so forth. So what’s happening? Is using the internet becoming more demanding of our resources? I could not even watch your videos without starts and stops. Am I going to be forced to pay AT&T more for something I’ve already enjoyed for years?

Progress is wonderful but it can also be kind of painful. And personally, I feel your pain. Or more specifically, my pocketbook shares your pain. A megabit per second just isn’t what it used to be. But let’s look at what you can do before you start shelling out more money.

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How Can I View Online Video Without the Starts and Stops?

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I would like to view YouTube without the stops and starts. What causes that and can it be corrected?

In the past few years, video has exploded. There are amazing statistics about the number of hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute.

With the proliferation of video-capable mobile devices, the explosion – both of video creation and video consumption – is continuing to grow.

As is some frustration.

It’s frustrating, to say the least, to have an online video playback play a little, pause, play a little more, then pause, then play a little more, then pause, then play a little more…

You get the idea. Heck, it was even frustrating to type, much less watch.

There are several reasons this type of playback behavior happens. I’ll cover a few of them, and a few ways you might work around it.

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