Content not available on mobile YouTube?

Why on earth would a user choose not to make a video available on mobile? Surely a huge portion of YouTube traffic is mobile?

So, my question! Videos that you can't watch on an iPhone or iPad, is there any way to trick YouTube into thinking you're a desktop?

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 11, 2014 at 20:35

You can force safari to show you the desktop site.

Or use Chrome or one of the other 3rd party browsers that let you change the user agent or force desktop sites.

If you jailbreak, there are Youtube apps in Cydia that let you bypass such restrictions as regional blocks and mobile block...

And yes, I have NO idea why anyone would block mobile devices. But then: Youtube uploaders are not all rocket scientists.... who knows what goes on in people's mind.

spruceyb  Aug. 11, 2014 at 23:55

Some reasons I've heard:
Old videos might not be available in a suitable format.
Music in the video is disputed by german labels can lead to being unavailable on mobile.
Lastly the owner may choose not to make it available as the revenue generated on mobile is smaller than on desktop.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 12, 2014 at 00:11

1st reason makes no sense when a simple hack makes the video playable...
2nd reason, yes, true... Some copyright infringements are tolerated on desktop tube but not on mobiles. I read about that... makes no sense, but what does.
3rd reason... now there are the idiots!

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 12, 2014 at 18:37

I always thought that YouTube mobile uses HTML5 and not flash. If video never got converted into HTML5 in will not play unless flash player is present and desktop version of website is used. Is that not the case?

Is there a video to try? I don't have flash on desktop.

wv555  Oct. 7, 2014 at 03:08

seems to work.


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