Chances were that one Google employee passed this issue on and the YouTube team was working on a fix. Unsurprising response here.
People were shocked at how fast updates were deployed to remove the offending feature since updates were regularly delayed for months on end.
the other... who knows.
I would not expect to see any changes with the latter
30 more years to retirement, and I'm already looking forward to a small house on the edge of the Canadian wilderness.
But yes, my wife watches "normal" YouTube and I don't get it. It makes me itch to even see video recommendations on the right side of the screen.
* Pressing T for theatre mode only made the black space wide, the video stayed where it was on the screen
* Videos would pause if you went from regular view to full-screen with F key
* Ads won't show up but a dialog to group/skip ads would appear without any timer on it or ad being displayed
YouTube Premium + YouTube Music is a great deal. Ad-free videos and a music app that's basically identical to Spotify as far as I can tell.
Hacks like this one are really fun but we all know that YT needs to get paid somehow. The creators deserve the money and unlike many sites everyone on HN knows the infra cost to run it is monstrous.
I'm sure I sound like the biggest shill ever right now so I anticipate downvotes but I was just shocked at how many people here are mad at Google for fixing a bug to protect ad revenue. Wouldn't your company do it too?
For example, to add to the growing list in this thread, here’s my pet peeve: it’s been 4+ years since YouTube removed subscription collections and publicly promised a better replacement. What’s the progress on that?
Nope. I don't have any interest at all in YT getting paid. In fact, I think the internet might be a better place if YT is less successful.
That said I still pay for it to get rid of YouTube ads.
Nice of them to offer a 3 month YT premium trial, now I know it's only good for removing ads.
Any other service would show you the door.
So many people are demanding that a company provides a completely free service, for free and without any monetisation while catering to all their whims.
They make peanuts from it!
The numbers posted show premium viewers making more money for the creators per viewer. How much more depends on exactly which of the datapoints you pick, but it's ranging from 35% more to a rather implausible 3600%.
The takeaway was that, if you are a youtube premium user, you are contributing way more than someone just watching ads, and if you buy merch, you had contributed way, way more than someone who watched the entire channel library with ads turned on.
"60x More": https://youtu.be/rXz0veV1AuU?t=1950
Subtract Youtube Ad revenue.
Now tell me how much Google makes off of Youtube.
Years ago before ads, the only people that published stuff were the ones who were legitimately interested. They were publishing out of love, not greed.
Today, all kinds of low quality content is published because they want ad-revenue. It makes it very hard to find the high quality content.
I say don't pay any of the creators. Then the only creators left will be the ones not doing it for money.
And what was left wouldn't be easier to find, because there wouldn't be a free platform to find them on.
I never asked them to produce the content in the first place
I don't want to give my money or my attention to YouTube and Google ads, simple as that
Google has enough data about me, I'm not going to pay so it can get more of it.
This is the strategy I use purely because it's what's best for me, selfishly.
I'd be happy to pay for YouTube, if it didn't mean signing a contract whereby they own my life. (Minor exaggeration – they don't get exclusive rights to it.)
As a matter of fact I often find songs on yt music that are not on Spotify.
You will be definitely surprised.
Might sound strange to some but when you teach users that their PC isn't really theirs to control (Windows EULA or Chromebook TOS) you get this kind of chilling effects and it's only getting worse.
You're much better off taking your $10/month and dividing it equally across the creators you watch regularly on Patreon, and using an ad-blocker on the videos themselves.
Creators get paid, adtech scum doesn't, and you get to keep a bit of privacy.
I'm over 18, but I use this because I don't want to log in.