Tired of YouTube videos that are slow to load or won't play at all? Google is blaming poor streaming performance on Internet service providers just like Netflix does.
That's why YouTube videos will now have a small blue box at the bottom that asks you if you are experiencing interruptions. If you are, you can click a link to see the new Google Video Quality Report. The page shows you an easy-to-read rating system for your ISP and also shows other ISPs in your area and how they rank.
Google, which owns YouTube, has a strong interest in deflecting blame for poor video quality. The U.S. government is considering new “net neutrality” regulations that could affect how information, particularly data-heavy streaming video, flows through the Internet. ISPs would like to see more of the responsibility placed on video services like YouTube and Netflix, which account for a growing portion of Internet traffic.