Chinese users, Youtube deliberately block videos in China.
I have been trying to figure out why the hell Youtube is working on iPhone and iPod touch when used in Hong Kong and not in China (mainland).
Last month, Youtube has been banned from China from October 17th to around November 1st.
So it was not accessible in the mainland and trying to access Youtube from any computer led to an infinite "time out" or a "can't connect to youtube" for iPhone-iTouch.
The only way to access Youtube was by using a proxy server.
Since around the 1st of November 2007, Youtube is back on tracks, probably after several negociations.
When i say it is back, i mean only for the Website/Flash browser version.
Actually, if you try to access it using the Youtube application in the iPhone-iTouch it will only let you browse preview's pictures list and video descriptions.
So when you select a video, it says "Error playing movie" after 2~3 seconds.
It is not the real error message, Youtube should have told the user the truth as they have prevented them from seeing videos for any crappy reason...
I've been reported by several iPhone-iTouch users from Hong Kong and Taiwan, that they receive this "Error playing movie" message only when they are using Youtube in China (mainland).
After TCPdumping and checking logs, it appears that it is not blocked by chinese ISPs, but Youtube itself.
Why does Youtube prevent iPhone-iTouch users to watch the same videos they can see on a laptop computer with a WIFI connection ?
Should we complain to Apple for selling a device with an application from a partnership with Youtube that is not working because of their strange policy ?
Now, the point is, we can't complain as long as the iPhone is not yet officially available in China.
Ok guys, so how about the iPod touch that is officially available in China ?
It is provided with the Youtube app that is useless, and we certainly pay for. :(
The worst thing is that you can't write Chinese with it, i mean out of the box. (thanks to NativeCN and iCosta devs).
What do you guys think if Apple was a Chinese corporation selling iPod touch in USA without any American-English input ? :rolleyes: