Channel X doesn't seem to load, or all I see is a black box?
Assuming that you have the correct plugins installed, you may need to wait a while for the TV channel to load. Depending on the speed of your internet connection and your geographic location, the load time can vary. A faster internet connection (ISDN/T1) will result in greater throughput allowing you to watch the streams without any lag or buffering delays. However, slower connections and those residing further away from the Broadcasting source will receive buffering delays (eg: lagging video, stuttering). On a broadband connection, the average wait time before the video starts is 20-30 seconds. If the video does not start after a full 2 minutes, it is likely that the channel may be temporarily offline or broken, in which case you can report it as broken!
How do I report a TV Channel as Broken?
FreeTube uses the power of the community to moderate and manage the channels, and we allow our users to contribute to keeping the site running smoothly. If you find a stream is broken or not working correctly, you can report the channel stream so that we can fix it. In order to ensure the validity of these reports, we've enabled a timer system that will help verify if the stream is broken or just loading.
When you view a stream, a timer will appear that counts down to zero. This timer will ensure that you have waited a bit of time for the stream to load, and once the counter is completed - the Report Channel as Broken link will appear and you can report the channel as broken if it does not work. After you have reported a stream, the channel will be flagged for inspection. As more users report the stream, it's priority in getting fixed and checked will increase and a FreeTube staff member will look into the channel to resolve the problem. We truly appreciate all users that help to keep FreeTube running and free of broken streams or errors.
Why are some of the channels slow to load or lagging at times?
This often occurs on slower connections, but can also come about if you reside far from the channel's broadcasting source, or if you are running network intensive applications, such as p2p and download managers. Some times the channel may be hit with a lot of traffic and this could cause a slow down in the loading and viewing of the channel. Also your internet connection may be slowed down by various network intensive programs, and quitting these programs could help resolve the problem. A great tip is to try viewing a channel at various points in the day, as internet traffic and speeds fluctuate throughout the day and you could get better performance from FreeTube and the Internet itself by accessing it at a later time in the day.
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What do the menus on the right side of the site do?
The right side menu on FreeTube is used to show you useful and interesting information that would help you navigate and customize the site to your liking. The Top 5 Channels module displays the 5 most popular channels for the current week, and you can view any of these channels by clicking on the channel name. The New Channels module shows you the most recently added channels, allowing you to see new updates and revisions to channels available on FreeTube. Additionally, the new channels list has an RSS feed, which can be used to get instant updates or to be inserted in your blog/website/feed reader or email. Lastly, the My Channels module further allows you to customize the site to your personal preferences (see next FAQ item for more details).
What is My Channels?
My Channels is a feature on FreeTube that lets you customize the FreeTube site to you own personal channel preferences. Basically My Channels is your very own personal remote control to quickly access channels and to make it even easier to navigate the site. My Channels is your own private bookmark or collection of channels that you're interested in. There is no registration to use this feature, and all channel preferences are saved locally on your computer and can be deleted by clearing your cache and/or cookies.
With My Channels, you can add, manage and delete the listing of channels that appear seamlessly. To use My Channels, simply visit a channel and in the navigation bar that appears - simply click the "Add Channel" button to add it to your My Channels listing. It will then appear in your Channel listings.
From the My Channels module, you can then delete and further add more channels. To delete a channel, simply click the "Delete Channel" button that appears to the right of the channel. The channel will be marked and deleted. You can manage your channels by adding and deleting the channels.
What is RSS
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it basically is a direct feed from a site that can contain various information or content of interest to users. Simply put, RSS allows users to view and use live content from a site externally (e.g. through blogs, email, cell phones, etc). FreeTube uses RSS to let our users take control and provide instant updates and access to our new content. By using one of our RSS feeds, you can not only gain quick access to our latest updates and channels - but also recieve updates by e-mail, cell phone or even on your own blog. The uses for RSS feeds are endless, and by providing our users with RSS feeds, we know that it will make their lives all the more simpler.
RSS feeds on FreeTube can be accessed whenever you see the RSS Icon (). Simply click on the RSS feed and you will be taken to the direct feed - which you can then use for various things. If you use our RSS feed or come up with anything interesting, please contact us and we'll try to feature you on our site.
Content Producers and Broadcasters
I'm a Publisher and want my content added!
FreeTube is dedicated to providing users with content on demand, and promoting new and innovative forms of entertainment. If you run a TV stream, interesting video blog or just create cool and interesting videos, we would be happy to showcase your content on FreeTube! We can make your video blogs and/or videos into a channel and make it available for others to view completely free. This is a great way to increase the viewer base of your videos or channel for free.
I'm a Publisher/Copyright Holder, how do I get my content removed?
FreeTube's video on demand service is essentially an index of content from several popular video dites. Much of these videos are submitted by users, and if you see anything that infringes on your Copyrights please contact us immediately via the contact form with proof of ownership or copyright and we will remove your content immediately. We take all reports seriously, and will do our best to remove your content.FreeTube