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youtube no option for 144p and 480p and 1080p when using tethering on phone [ANSWERED] Answered

When I open youtube to watch any video, and I am connected to the WiFi in the house, I get all the quality options available to me: 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p, and occasionally original (usually reserved for 4K resolutions?)

However, when I use my phone's 3G/4G and wirelessly tether that to linux, I do not get all 6-7 quality choices. 144p, 480p, and 1080p are missing. speedtest.net shows tethering 4G to my computer shows a 3-8 Mbps down with ~70ms latency. the WiFi in the house is CenturyLink DSL, and can get as fast as 1.5Mbps with latency ~50ms at best, it can sometimes get very slow and I am forced to switch to tethering my phone's 3G/4G.

Also, it is worth noting that the 360p quality appears more compressed, The amount of "boxiness" (MPEG reduction) is annoyingly high. (poor quality) While the phone is in 3G, I can't even watch 720p quality, the lowest quality that allows one to make out a faces in the video. It does not appear to be Chrome, the browser I'm using or flash video, as it is also true with the HTML5 player. 

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-max- (author)2014-07-12

Google has finilly adressed the issue and have fixed it.

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MatthewL (author)-max-2014-08-08

Not in my case bro,...Im still getting 144p on my laptop but not but only 240p on my desktop....same video and both tethered to my 3g mobile phone.

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mpilchfamily (author)2013-12-06

Your 3G/4G service provider may be throttling Youtube thus limiting your available streaming resolution. Cell phone providers have been known to throttle the speeds on certain sites.

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-max- (author)mpilchfamily2013-12-06

On 4G, youtube works just fine on 720p, and speedtests objectively show why, but that does not explain why some quality options are completely missing, as if they do not exist.

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mpilchfamily (author)-max-2013-12-06

This on every video you look at. Not all video options are available for all videos. Many people don't have cameras that can do more that 480.

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-max- (author)mpilchfamily2013-12-06

ideos that would otherwise yield all resolutions available only yield the options stated in my question. This includes Vsauce, CrashCourse, Scishow, EEVlog, and many other subscriptions of mine.

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mpilchfamily (author)-max-2013-12-06

Since it's going through your phone the site may be serving up a mobile version of the site. Check the URLs and see if there is a difference.

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-max- (author)mpilchfamily2013-12-06

I do not think this is the case, as there it is still www.youtube.com/watch?blahblahgibberish, rather than m.youtube.com/blahblah. The switch is to the mobile version is what the mobile browsers do.

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