Youtube videos are not playing in HD

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  1. Ujolenin

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    Hi, I have recently purchased iPad 4 16GB Wifi. I have noticed that embedded HD videos on websites are playing only in standard resolution, probably 480p. Same problem is with Youtube. Even on desktop version of site. I always thought that iPad will choose highest video quality possible. I have pretty fast internet connection so that shouldn't be a problem (i get 30 Mbps down trough wifi).
    Any ideas? It's driving me crazy. Such beautiful display with ultra high resolution and I have to watch it in low res.
     
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    It depends on the quality of the internet connection at a given point in time. Just because you have 30 Mbps service doesn't mean you get 30 Mbps down from any place all the time. Weather, load, disasters, can all impact the speed of a connection. Even moving to different locations in your house can impact speed. And if you have other wireless users nearby, whose signals compete with yours, speed can be impacted. These services adjust the quality of the stream to ensure you get something rather than nothing. I suggest you experiement with different times of day and try to get as close to your router as possible to help boost its signal. Having an up-to-date router and router firmware is a good idea too.
     
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    So it should play those videos in HD?
    In fact I have 100/100 Mbps connection. 30 Mbps is what I have measured on ipad with speedtest.net. My router has wifi "n" standard and I am just about 1 meter from it. Download speeds trough ipad are great.. more than enough to stream hd video. Just to be clear, I have no problems with watching 1080p youtube videos trough Jasmine player.
    Any suggestions? I will try to change some router settings, but I think that problem must be elswhere.
     
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    Well, if you can watch them at 1080p on jasmine, the problem cannot be your iPad. Maybe those websites you are using are overloaded and cannot send you HD videos. They have bandwidth constraints too.
     
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    That's possible, but all of them? Same thing happens when I open video on desktop Youtube site. Weirdest thing of all is that if I open posted youtube link from the Facebook app, it will take me to the same desktop youtube site, but from here all videos are played in HD. So if facebook app opens it's own browser window, all is fine..
     
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    Who knows...maybe youtube is controlling what it sends you in some funny way. I can't get nothing from them right now...just a spinning bunch of dots...
     
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    It probably somehow thinks that I have slow internet connection. I have even changed router for another one and everything is still the same. I'll give it a few days.. but after that I am probably going to return it and take my money back.. What a disappointment :(
     
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    Return your iPad for this?
     
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    WoW....Seriously?
    You purchased your iPad just for Youtube HD?

    There's so much more to do with your iPad 4...........you need to broden your horizons IMHO.
     
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    I hope it's a misunderstanding over returning the router and not the iPad. The iPad has nothing to do with the quality of your internet connection. Obviously if you're having issues with YouTube on your desktop, it's not something with the iPad. Have you tried watching Netflix or Hulu (assuming you have a subscription)? I find that my fast internet (18 Mbps) at home is more than adequate to deliver crisp quality video. Having said that, I'm sure that the HD video travelling over WiFi doesn't hold a candle to 4G.

    Also, just because it's a retina display device doesn't mean that everything will display crisp as retina is touted. The app has to support retina display, and while a lot of apps do, it's not just a guaranteed out of the box thing for an app.
     

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