I am unable to view YouTube videos on my own blog and other wordpress.com blogs. I can view the same videos on the YouTube site with no problems. My old “Yellow Something Something” blog, a Blogger blog, likewise displays YouTube videos with no apparent problems. The problems started day before yesterday, when Google introduced its new user interface for YouTube. I don’t know if the problem results from some persnickety copyright sweep or a plain and simple bug. So I’m going to post one of the three YouTube videos that I took myself and posted myself. There should be no copyright issues with this one; I hold the copyright myself… not that anyone but me will wish to post it. Here goes:
Let me know if you can see it or not. Thanks in advance for your help.
NO, I still can’t see it, my very own video. Something is truly screwed up. I also cannot see any videos on other wordpress.com blogs, such as Usyaka, and some Blogger blogs, such as The Poor Mouth. Any clues what’s going on?
UPDATE: I tested it in IE9 and FF8 on Stella’s Windows Vista machine. It is visible in both browsers on her machine. Something must be screwed up in some cookie on my computer, something having to do with Google privileges. I’m off to try to find out what it is.
UPDATE: Google says my account is in good standing. I logged out and in again; no change.
UPDATE: disabling AdBlock+ does not seem to help.
UPDATE: cookies for YouTube are inscrutable, but logging out and logging in should take care of bad ones, nicht wahr?
UPDATE: even WordPress’s YouTube support page videos will not show.
UPDATE: using the “Web Developer” feature of FF8, one can see that the GETs of each of the two YouTube videos on this page both succeed. In other words, the content does make it over into the browser. Beyond that, though, the FF8 WD reports lots and lots of parsing errors. Perhaps FF8 expects different params, or a different order of params, or maybe a closing bracket is missing somewhere in there, or maybe the Windows and Linux versions of the HTML engine behave differently. This is over my head, for sure.
UPDATE: thanks to Bryan’s having already dealt with this issue on Windows 7, I became aware that there’s an incompatibility between FF8 and Adobe Flash Player 11.1r102, which Firefox and/or Adobe have not resolved yet in Linux. Search YouTube for “Firefox 8 Linux Flash problem” if you want a lot more information. Nothing is ever simple…
UPDATE – A TEMPORARY SOLUTION: I’m tapping this into Chrome. It’s not yet my default browser, but I’ll give it a try. At least YouTube works in it.