If you head over to http://www.youtube.com/feather_beta you’ll find yourself confronted with the following prompt:
This is an opt-in beta for “Feather” support on YouTube. The “Feather” project is intended to serve YouTube video watch pages with the lowest latency possible. It achieves this by severely limiting the features available to the viewer and making use of advanced web techniques for reducing the total amount of bytes downloaded by the browser. It is a work in progress and may not work for all videos.
Your comments will help us improve and perfect the mixtures we’re working on. So jump in, play around, and send your feedback directly to the brains behind the scenes.
This is all part of YouTube’s ongoing plan to trim-the-fat to to speak. As we all know, not everyone who has an internet connection has a fast internet connection, and this optimization is clearly an attempt from YouTube to cater for the millions of users on capped or limited internet speed connections.
I’m enrolled in the beta, but I haven’t managed to come across many video pages that are actually updated to the new interface, I suppose it’ll just take time.
Will this approach be a welcome update to the way you use and interact with YouTube, or do you prefer blocking your internet pipes with every last byte?