Unable to play videos on invidio.us

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GrevenGull
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Recently I have been unable to play videos on invidio.us. I get the same error message (which prompts in the foreground at the top of the still picture of the video with an "X" in the middle. A play button in the upper left corner of the still picture replaces the X and the error message at what seems to be irregular intervals. But the play button is either unclickable or returns you to the error message and "X"):

"The media could not be loaded, either because the server network failed or because the format is not supported."

Of note:

1. This happens in Abrowser, IceCat and "Web".

2. This happens on a newly bought T400 from Minifree.

Anybody have any ideas?

Thanks in advance

Liberated
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Do you have an add-on such as uMatrix on your browser(s)?

Click on a video on invidio.us and then check that the media column on uMatrix is green. You might have to enable it on googlevideo or on invidio.us itself. If you go to settings and change the quality to dash, then invidio.us will fetch the video for you and you won't have to deal with getting any media from Google.

If you have NoScript as well, then you might have to enable invidio.us scripts to run. LibreJS recognizes them as libre so there should be no problem in running them in terms of freedom.

GrevenGull
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In Abrowser I have some addons, in IceCat and Web I have none

GNUser
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When that happens is usually because NoScript is blocking the media (you don't have to allow JS from Invidious, and even if you do, NoScript might still be blocking media from googlevideo).
Since I usually browse the web with Tor Browser in Highest security level, I get that "x message" you refer to. To get the video to play, you will have to allow media in both Invidious and googlevideo, and in order to do so without JS you might have to right-click and select "view video". Invidious might have been changing some stuff since these last few days I get a lot of videos giving errors, maybe some update gone bad. Anyway, to play videos you usually just right-click and select view video. If you have Noscript installed, most likely it's the culprit too.

GrevenGull
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In Abrowser I use some addons, in IceCat and Web I use none

Magic Banana

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I believe IceCat comes with addons by default.

GrevenGull
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I get the same issue in Web, do you know if Web comes with addons by default?

Camilo.Meza

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I have found that this problem is related to "vevo" videos, as per other channels don't show this message. I have convinced myself that the issue here is with vevo, not invidio.us

Maybe this is happening to you too? (as it doesn't seem to be a browser related issue).

chaosmonk

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> I have found that this problem is related to "vevo" videos, as per other
> channels don't show this message.

For a while I thought the Vevo videos just didn't work in Invidious, but
it turned out to be geoblocking

GrevenGull
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Good suggestion, but unfortunately I have the issue on *every* video :/

chaosmonk

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> 1. This happens in Abrowser, IceCat and "Web".

Does it happen in Firefox? (I'm not recommending to use Firefox as your
browser, just as a way to troubleshoot Abrowser).

GrevenGull
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It actually doesn't.
Is the "Web" browser also a rework of Firefox?

Magic Banana

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No, it is not. It does not even use the same rendering engine.

Th_r
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Why wouldn't you recommend Firefox?

chaosmonk

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> Why wouldn't you recommend Firefox?

Lots of reasons. Although it is free software, its trademark terms
restrict modification and redistribution, so it must be rebranded (i.e.
Icecat, Iceweasel, Abrowser) in order to exercise all four freedoms. It
includes non-free DRM supprt and recommends proprietary software like
Flash and non-free addons. It has telemetry enabled by default and bad
privacy defaults in general.

andyprough
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> recommends proprietary ... Flash

I don't think it does that any longer.

chaosmonk

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> > recommends proprietary ... Flash
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> I don't think it does that any longer.

The website I have to use to log hours for one of my jobs requires
Flash. To avoid contaminating my own system, I use one of my
university's computers, a Windows 10 machine with Firefox installed.
When I go to the website, Firefox prompts me to enable Flash.

andyprough
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> When I go to the website, Firefox prompts me to enable Flash.

Oh I see. I thought you meant it was promoting Flash a recommended add-on on their add-on page. Ok makes sense.

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Enable "Proxy videos" in Invidio.us preferences, please, and check again.