[whatwg] Limiting the amount of downloaded but not watched video

Aryeh Gregor Simetrical+w3c at gmail.com
Wed Jan 19 01:42:01 PST 2011

On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 6:41 PM, Jeroen Wijering
<jeroen at longtailvideo.com> wrote:
> We are getting some questions from JW Player users that HTML5 video is quite wasteful on bandwidth for longer videos (think 10min+). This because browsers download the entire movie once playback starts, regardless of whether a user pauses the player. If throttling is used, it seems very conservative, which means a lot of unwatched video is in the buffer when a user unloads a video.

A lot of people are complaining about this right now, and it needs to
be addressed, but nothing I've seen makes it clear that it's a spec
issue rather than QoI.  I.e., will this still be a problem once all
browsers reliably implement preload="" and iron our their video fetch
behavior a bit more?  Are non-Mozilla browsers working on preload=""?

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