I have a fairly fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop,

And a few days ago videos stopped playing in any browser. I tried Chrome and Chromium and Firefox, I tried YouTube and Vimeo and Udemy videos.

In all cases the video appears to load/buffer, but it won't play. I can seek through the video and see any frame, but they won't play!

How can I fix this?

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In my case, it was caused by bluetooth speaker. I turn off my speaker then all videos werer playable on any browser. It's a connection issue.

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