Throttling Practices on Video Streaming

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Throttling Practices on Video Streaming

Post by JimHelms » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:12 pm

Ever wonder if video streaming is being throttled.

This document addresses the issue that some may find of interest.



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Re: Throttling Practices on Video Streaming

Post by BillA » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:01 am

JimHelms wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:12 pm
Ever wonder if video streaming is being throttled.

This document addresses the issue that some may find of interest.

A Large-Scale Analysis of Deployed Traffic Differentiation Practices.pdf

In my experience, most mobile carriers do throttle video streams.
While playing around with a regular proxy to get a static IP for unrelated purposes, I just so happen to find that watching YouTube through a proxy can bypass the annoying video throttling, so now I can watch it at any resolution without dropping down to 480p. It was a pleasant surprise, because I have always thought and read online that only a VPN could bypass video throttling (among other things). Guess not, and the big advantage of using a regular proxy, is that it will not slow down the connection like a VPN does due to real-time encryption (ex. OpenVPN). Nowadays, most websites use fast HTTPS/TLS encryption anyway, and that's good enough for privacy, no need for a more expensive and slow VPN.

I happen to use a private proxy called BestProxyAndVPN.com ($5/month), but any other proxy should do, just don't use some lame public proxy (slow speeds/latency, and could log all your activities).
There are two ways to use a proxy, it can be turned on for all websites, or selectively for specific websites only using a proxy manager such as User-Agent Switcher in desktop Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... ae/reviews). If you choose to proxy YouTube alone, interestingly including "*.YouTube.com" in the proxy manager's rules will not work, instead you would have to enter "*.GoogleVideo.com". Apparently the video stream is being carried over the googlevideo.com server and not the more obvious "*.YouTube.com". ;)

I haven't played around with the proxy settings in the router (GoldenOrb/WiFix), so if anyone knows if this can be done by entering the proxy address along with the username and password authentication, please drop a line here (note, NOT a VPN but a regular proxy). The advantage of putting the proxy into the router, is that it would globally proxy all devices connected to the router.

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