YouTube HTML5 Videos won’t play in Internet Explorer 11 – FIXED!

I am the CIO for a mid-size company that has around 1000 computers running Windows 7 and Windows 10.

As of this writing, we use Internet Explorer 11 for everything. This is for multiple reasons. 1) We are required to deal with the state and federal agencies a lot. They still have many outdated systems that only work with IE. 2) I don’t want to add the burden of supporting multiple browsers. We are considering moving to Chrome with their Chrome for Business. They have a full suite of GPO controls that will give us the same level of control that we have over IE. But, that hasn’t happened yet.

We’ve had a constant problem with YouTube HTML5 videos playing in Internet Explorer. The pages loads, all of the video thumbnails load, but the player just shows the spinning wheel of death. We tried to ignore it for a while, but it has become a much bigger problem, so I decided to dig in.

I’ve spent hours troubleshooting how to get HTML5 video playing within Internet Explorer 11 under windows 7 and windows 10. With all the searching on google, there was no clear answer.

Here’s a description of our setup.

  • All computers are running Windows 7 Pro or Windows 10 Pro
  • All computers are members of a Windows domain
  • All computers are behind an ASA firewall
  • All users have unrestricted access to youtube.com
  • System settings are managed by Group Policy Objects (GPO)

We could make it work by doing the following steps:

  1. Open IE
  2. Open Internet Options
  3. Click on Advanced Tab
  4. Click on Reset…
  5. Click on Reset again.

These steps set the browser back to defaults and it would work. But as soon as GPO updates or you do a GPUPDATE /FORCE it would not work again.

Thinking it was related to the GPO settings, I did all the typical troubleshooting steps and followed many pieces of advice from all over the internet, but I couldn’t get it to work. I inspected every detail of the security settings in our trusted sites and I checked the settings under the advanced tab of IE. I did comparisons before & after GPO on multiple computers. Any setting that I changed made no difference.

So, then I turned to the inspector within IE and watched the traffic. It took me a while, but I noticed that the HTML5 videos were attempting to stream from googlevideo.com. That link redirects to https://www.google.com/videohp.

So, as a test, I added the googlevideo.com and google.com sites to our trusted sites list.

That fixed it. After all the hours I spent, the googlevideo.com site needed to be trusted.

After a day, all systems have received the GPO updates and the new trusted sites list. Everyone that I’ve checked with can now see HTML5 videos on youtube.

I hope this helps someone out there that is struggling with the same issue.

Great quick getting started video for 7DTD from JadeLF

JadeLF made a quick video on how to get started playing 7 Days to Die (7DTD).

It’s great information, please take a few minutes to watch it and get started in the game. Be sure to Like & Subscribe to her channel.

Joe’s Music Vlog: 5IVElements

5ivElements

I’m a LONG time fan of Joseph Carrillo. He’s an extremely talented composer and musician who shares his music creation process on YouTube. Keep your eyes on him.

He’s vlogging about each of the 5 movements of his 5IVElements Suite. I’ll update this post with each of the videos as they are released

I’ve just purchased the 5ivelements – Suite for Orchestra from amazon.com and highly recommend it. The links are below

Mvt.1 Earth

Mvt.2 Water

Mvt.3 Fire

Buy on Amazon

Buy on iTunes

Joe's Music Vlog on YouTube.

Do Vitamins Really Improve Health?

Assortment of vitamin pills

Do Vitamins Really Improve Health?

I’ve known for a long time that Vitamins are pointless. Plenty of medical experts and studies have been stating this for years, but the marketing is hard to fight. Watch this video for more info and follow up on the links that they shared below.

Vitamin supplements are everywhere, touting that a normal food diet doesn’t provide the entire nutrition we need. Supplementing with vitamins will make us healthier and will prolong our lives. But is this actually true? And could we be doing more harm than good by swallowing all these extracts each day?

via Do Vitamins Really Improve Health? – YouTube.

Info from the Video

Vitamin supplements: good or bad?

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/dietandnutrition/feature/vitamins.htm

"Almost one in three people in the UK take a vitamin supplement every day, according to the Food Standards Authority, while 15 per cent of us turn to high-dose supplements for a quick fix."

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/the-vitamin-myth-why-we-think-we-need-supplements/277947/

"Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet."

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Do We Really Need Them?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309636/

In the United States, 40 – 50% of the men and women 50 years of age or older regularly use multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements, making the annual sales of these supplements over $11 billion.

Antioxidant supplements for prevention of gastrointestinal cancers: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15464182

"Oxidative stress can cause cancer. Our aim was to establish whether antioxidant supplements reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal cancer and mortality."

The Effect of Vitamin E and Beta Carotene on the Incidence of Lung Cancer and Other Cancers in Male Smokers

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJM199404143301501

"Epidemiologic evidence indicates that diets high in carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables, as well as high serum levels of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and beta carotene, are associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer."

Multivitamin use and risk of prostate cancer in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17505071

"Multivitamin supplements are used by millions of Americans because of their potential health benefits, but the relationship between multivitamin use and prostate cancer is unclear."

Hold the supplements

http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2011/UR_CONTENT_363761.html

"Dietary supplements fail to prove of any benefit."

“Doctor” Bob – The Drugless “Doctor” – YouTube

Myles Power

You have to watch this video exposing the quack, crack-pot “Doctor” Bob. He’s misleading people (stealing from them) by advertising / sharing misinformation so that he can sell you his bogus products. More importantly, he’s endangering people with this misinformation. He should be stopped. Please share this info to help shut this evil man down.

"Doctor" Bob – The Drugless "Doctor" – YouTube.