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That is in fact my working solution. The disadvantage over VLC is that you've got the videos sitting on disk, sucking space, while VLC will queue and buffer videos.

Depending on what you're watching, youtube-dl can suck up a lot of space.

Mind the -F and -f options -- these list and select video quality. I find '43' for YouTube (640x360) is usually sufficient for instructional materials (lectures/presentations).

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