Opened 7 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#10628 closed enhancement (fixed)

Provide better instructions for accessing YouTube.

Reported by: mttp Owned by: mttp
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Webpages/Website Version:
Severity: Keywords: faq
Cc: mikeperry Actual Points:
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Description

Entering YouTube's HTML5 trial does not appear to make much difference for which videos are accessible and which aren't. Watching the embedded version of videos is a better solution. We should tell people about the latter.

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Attachments (2)

uagenttoIE11torbrowser.patch (682 bytes) - added by mttp 7 years ago.
uagenttoIE11torbutton.patch (564 bytes) - added by mttp 7 years ago.

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Change History (7)

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by cypherpunks

Using IE10 UA solves 99% of failures.
It's not fault of Firefox or patches, it's Google.

With:

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.2; WOW64; Trident/6.0; Touch)

Google will produce correct sheet and HTML5 video format that supported by Firefox 24ESR.

Changed 7 years ago by mttp

Changed 7 years ago by mttp

Attachment: uagenttoIE11torbutton.patch added

comment:2 in reply to:  1 Changed 7 years ago by mttp

Replying to cypherpunks:

Using IE10 UA solves 99% of failures.
It's not fault of Firefox or patches, it's Google.

I tested this and it seems to solve the YouTube problem nicely for the few videos I tested. I've attached patches for Torbutton and Torbrowser that replace the user agent string to that of Windows 7 IE11 according to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/hh869301%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

Is there any reason not to implement this?

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by mttp

Cc: mikeperry added

comment:4 Changed 7 years ago by mikeperry

Wow. This is rather amazing that this works for Youtube. Unfortunately, I'm worried that reporting an IE useragent will break other sites that will then send us the IE versions of all sorts of JS and CSS extensions rather than their Firefox equivalents..

comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by mttp

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

For now I've updated https://www.torproject.org/docs/faq#TBBFlash

This ticket involves documentation. Solutions to this problem that involve changing the Tor Browser make more sense being discussed on #3347, I think. I'm moving this conversation over there.

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