I've tried everything I can think of, asking in a forum in spanish, uninstalling flash, looking for 64 bit versions, sorry but my mind just does not have another idea here and I'm absolutely and totally frustrated.

Problem is that if I go to youtube.com and click on a video to watch, it won't play. The player will load, meaning that I can see the black square with the play button and everything, but, a few seconds later, it just says "there has been an error, try again later" and every single time I try, the exact same problem occurs. To make things even odder, if I go to whatever video website it'll work just fine, so you name it (vimeo, metacafe, etc.) they all work except youtube.

As I said I am extremely frustrated because I've tried everything I can think of, and nothing has had good results here.

  • Is this works well in windows or any other software ? I faced similar problems when due to some settings in broadband router (I am unable to recollect now). Windows worked for 5 minutes..and then will not work, Ubuntu will not work at all
    – Jamess
    May 30, 2013 at 11:29
  • Are you at work, at school, or in a coffee shop?
    – Alaa Ali
    May 30, 2013 at 11:54
  • Clear cache, cookie and Internet data from the browser and restart.
    – Nabil
    May 30, 2013 at 11:58
  • try diffrent browser
    – kubahaha
    May 30, 2013 at 12:36
  • 1.- Yes it works in windows very well 2.- I'm home 3.- Cache cleared in Chromium and Firefox, no Results at all, still having issues 4.- Installig Epiphany, Slimboat and Dooble to see what happens
    – Irving
    May 30, 2013 at 14:37

2 Answers 2


I believe you are (or not are) in the HTML5 Video Player trial. Visit this link http://www.youtube.com/html5 if you are inside the trial just opt-out, if you are out, you may like to opt-in while flash is broken.

I would recommend you to check http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ and see what version of flash you have installed. You may also purge the plugin and upgrade Firefox.

sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-installer
sudo apt-get upgrade

Or try an alternative like Gnash:

sudo apt-get install gnash

You can try to Re-install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package, based on this answer to this question: YouTube Videos Stopped Streaming and Why do I have problems seeing YouTube??

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