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Old December 26th, 2009, 03:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My Eris doesn't play YouTube or other Internet videos

For instance:
when I click on a video on cnn.com, the phone goes through the motions of downloading it and then I get a message: This content cannot play on this device.
When I go to the YouTube app and click on any video displayed, the message is Cannot play video. Sorry, this video cannot be played.
The videos that I took with my phone and are stored on my SD are playing OK.
I called today Verizon Help, the guy I spoke to was dumbfounded. Couldn't help me.
Ideas, advise anyone?
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Old December 26th, 2009, 04:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you still within your initial 30 day return period, return it for replacement and let VZW figure it out.
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I'm returning mine for a replacement. I'm pretty sure it might have something to do with the update.
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Just so you know, if you have an issue, and your 30 days are up, you can still go into the store and get it replaced under warranty. Sorry if I am stating the obvious.
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Just so you know, if you have an issue, and your 30 days are up, you can still go into the store and get it replaced under warranty. Sorry if I am stating the obvious.
Yeah, it'll be a like new replacement with the update already applied.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 12:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I just got my Eris today and I have the same problem with all videos. How do I find the update?
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Old December 28th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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you probably already have the update, the update is what broke it....lol
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yes, i haven't been able to play any youtube videos since the update. not a big deal for me, but i would like it to work since it was working before. fix one thing and another breaks.
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Hey, not to hijack the thread but I hear about people having trouble with Youtube videos and others saying that switching to HD mode sometimes helps. I have opened the Youtube app on my Eris and pressed the menu key but I don't see anywhere to switch the video quality to HD. Am I missing something here? Do I do this in the youtube app or do I have to go to the Youtube website using the browser and change something then/there??? Thanks.


Nevermind, I just opened the app again, found a video that actually played and found the option in the menu under ...more. Clicked on Watch in High Quality and the app replied, "Cannot play video" crap.
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you read the post wrong, or the people saying it are wrong.

you can only switch to hd once the video has started, not in the home screen of the youtube app.

if you are fast you can hit the video from the youtube app home screen, then when you get the "loading" you can hit menu>more> and watch in HD, but it still fails.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 03:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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if you use youtube over a 3g connection it gives me this error but it has only been since the update. It seems to only work over wifi just fine. try it with wifi on and see if you get the same results. i noticed this also. hopefully htc addresses the issues. or possibly verizon pushed this on htc to avoid youtube using too much bandwidth on their network. I just hope the issue gets fixed with the next update.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 04:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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it did work for me while using wi fi..but i want it to work on my 3G network..
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Do i need to download a convertet so i can play videos anyone pls help
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For me, the only workaround is to continue attempting to play the video and it will eventually work.
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Its a problem with the update. I cant watch anything either after installing the update.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 07:15 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm having the same problem. Should I just wait til 2.0 (whenever that is) or go and get an replacement. I just got my phone last week.
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Pick a video on you tube keep clicking on it and eventually it plays
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^This is true but annoying. I didn't have this issue at first (even immediately after the Android update) but it seems like it happens every time now.
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Its the youtube app. It broke when the update came out. If you go to youtube using your browsers, you will be able to play the videos (not in HQ though). Hopefully they will fix the app soon. Only affects the eris so far. My friends have moto droids and they work fine.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 09:10 AM   #20 (permalink)
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The nice thing about having the flash light player is you can go to the youtube.com webpage in the browser and play any video you want. It's only the youtube app that is broken. the browser works fine.

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My you tube still doesn't work when I use the browser with the flash lite. I'm using dolphin, but I tried it with the default browser as well. I get the dancing cirle and the you tube logo on the bottom, but the video never starts.

I can download the video using dolphin and then I can play the downloaded file. My phone defaulted to the mobile you tube site, m.youtube.com. Could that be part of the issue?
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My you tube still doesn't work when I use the browser with the flash lite. I'm using dolphin, but I tried it with the default browser as well. I get the dancing cirle and the you tube logo on the bottom, but the video never starts.

I can download the video using dolphin and then I can play the downloaded file. My phone defaulted to the mobile you tube site, m.youtube.com. Could that be part of the issue?
same here but no dancing circle in the flash player, just black with logo. Does not work over wifi either. I sent htc an email and all I got was a generic response.
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That is odd, I've definitely got a non-functional youtube app but so far every video I have tried in the browser has worked.
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I've narrowed the bug down to some specifics and will be notifying HTC, Verizon, and Android over the next couple of days, starting tomorrow. I have outlined some workarounds for the time being....

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Confirmed: YouTube will play via the browser but is broken when you try to access it from the app. Hope they get this mess ironed out before 2.0 hits the Eris!

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thanks for the workaround menu button trick. I found out that launching the video with htc flash player via dolphin browser does not work for youtube at least. I did get the flash player to work via the stock browser but is there a way to view high quality videos with the flash player?
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YT app will play videos fine for me (in hi-qual, too esp after the update and new Class 6 SD card). But it doesn't want to load my playlists after a certain point, and eventually will give me a 'no network connection' error, even when it just played clips fine with a strong WiFi signal (tested on 3G and WiFi... since my 3G signal is -97 most of the time, it woke right up and chugged away after the radio was turned on... for about ten minutes, then locked up in a load state).

Another annoying fail in the YT app, is when I'm swiping through a playlist, it'll list one video randomly over and over again... before of course locking up. Oddly enough quality is not my primary issue.

I just trade off watching hi-qual, for playlists that actually load, with the HTC browser using the m.youtube.com site (Touch doesn't let you do enough, the Desktop site too large). The Dolphin browser, despite its other features, won't play *any* YT content for me, regardless of HTC browser or YT app, 3G or WiFi... so it got uninstalled. Good app, but that and one other issue was a deal-breaker. Not sure why my experience is so different.
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 08:43 AM   #28 (permalink)
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i had this issue yesterday and didn't think much of it...i don't go to YT hardly at all but i tried to watch a link posted on facebook. it played but with no sound.

just tried it now on the YT app and browser again. YT app didn't work, as said above, and browser did perfectly, as above. i guess my previous issue was a fluke.
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