Dear Video–Sharing Sites,

technology

Quit telling me the video is loading. And stop trying to keep me from stealing it. When you try to fix something, you always mess it up worse.

I was trying to enjoy the this–week–only Dr.Horrible Sing–Along Blog, but I could never get the frazzling thing to load a video. Know why? Streaming Flash video. That means, I have to connect back to the server to tell it what to send me next, rather than just downloading the whole thing at once.
So, after the buffer fills, I get about 20 seconds of video. Then it stops.
For 1 second.
Then another 20 seconds of video.
Then a second to fill up the buffer.
Then another 10 seconds of video.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
I complained about this with the Comedy Central video. Buffer, play. Buffer, play. That is, when it decides to actually buffer.
It wouldn’t be so bad if I could just wait out all the other people trying to download the thing. Older videos don’t get as much play, so you can watch them in a pretty reasonable way. But since this blog–thing is going away after next week, I’ll never get to see the episodes as they were intended.
It almost leads me to believe they chose this ridiculo–choppy video tact to get me to buy ‘em on iTunes. Not that I doubt the intention of Hulu to give me the best video, but their video takes forever to load and then with the buffering again. It makes me not want to watch the stuff you give away for free.
Or I could wait until somebody uploads them to YouTube. YouTube actually works.

3 Responses

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  1. Sondra says:

    They are on YouTube now. Well, certain songs are, at least. I know because I have been watching them and adding them to my MySpace page. I CAN’T GET ‘ON THE RISE’ OUT OF MY HEAD!!!!!!!!!! Not that this is a bad thing.

  2. Sondra says:

    Then again, you know this… because you actually wrote this blog WEEKS ago, and I am, quite frankly, an IDIOT. A two weeks too late idiot. Always. Gah.

  3. Mac says:

    Now, now, just because I’m always way ahead of the curve doesn’t mean you can’t bask in my greatness at your leisure.

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