Does Youkou work for ANYONE?

I'm very curious, since it has NEVER worked for me. I know it's Asian, but since the vast majority of sidereel users are European/American, I was wondering if it has worked for ANYONE? If not, can we can get delete all links to what has become a very annoying site(s)?



Default avatar cat
Nov 13, 2008 2:20PM EST

Youku works, its just extremely slow most of the time. If you get on during asian non-peak hours (when they're all sleeping) then its usually fine. Honestly, I try to stay away from Youku as much as possible if there are alternatives just because it's usually slow, but theres no need to delete working links.

Default avatar cat
Nov 13, 2008 4:55PM EST

I'm in Seattle, I love Youku. Youku recently added $10-million dollars in servers. It's the fastest of Chinese sites and one of the most reliable video hosts in the world. Faster than most American sites for me. It's searchable, no 'private' videos, no porn, does AutoPlay lists, commercials are few and short. Doesn't send me to Hulu or AOL or networksite, that is "not available in your region". Doesn't need special players.
If you can never get on Youku, then you might be in a blocked region. Test this by using a Chinese proxy. During peak usage hours Youku can, and has, blocked all international users. But, I don't know of any countries or regions that are blocked all the time.

Default avatar cat
Nov 14, 2008 2:36AM EST

Doesn't even compare to DivX videos, NinjaVideo is the best site i think i have seen, it's undergoing some changes at the moment but apart from that it's awesome.

Default avatar cat
Nov 14, 2008 1:40PM EST

it works fine for me - fast and no interruptions! i guess coz im from asia?

Default avatar cat
Nov 14, 2008 5:24PM EST

Youku is considerably slow for me. I use divx if its working, and if it is not working then I use megavideo or supernova.

Default avatar cat
Nov 15, 2008 8:12AM EST

Youku is definitely my first choice on this site. It's my favorite player and i just like how user friendly the site is. I don't have the problem of it being slow but mostly because I live in Shanghai at the moment.
Sites like megavideo, ninjavideo etc. are inaccessible for me though, because most of them are blocked in China. I guess this just goes to show that one man's trash is another man's treasure. ;)
I'm all for getting rid of spam but I hope we'll keep links up that aren't. It's the world wide web after all, not just the American/European web. :)

Default avatar cat
Nov 16, 2008 12:42PM EST

Youku works pretty well for me. It is sometimes slow, but the picture quality is usually really good and you can (somewhat) easily get playlists -- I was able to find all of season 8 of SVU there.

Default avatar cat
Nov 18, 2008 12:33AM EST

Don't delete them. They do work. Like a lot of the other North American users, I sometimes see choppiness and slow loading, but it does seem to ebb and flow, so I would assume that those are the times when the Chinese are using the site a lot. I prefer todou, but hey, a working link is a working link... and free is free.

Default avatar cat
Nov 20, 2008 12:19AM EST

Youku works fine for me too, better than any of the other asian sites (like Tudou). And it almost never gives me troubles unlike some American sites which either insist they won't show my anything because I'm European or they don't load the videos at all. It's just like that, not all sites work for everyone.
Plus, I'm able to navigate Youku better than most other Chinese sites with my Kanji knowledge.

Default avatar cat
Nov 20, 2008 2:04PM EST

Man i hate youku!! Always slow loading except for a videos i have watched

Default avatar cat
Nov 20, 2008 8:00PM EST

I'm in the US and youku works just fine. it's just slow so you need to let it loads for a while then watch it.

Nov 23, 2008 3:21AM EST

Youku is a last resort for me. some days it works but it is so slow when it does. Its a peice and shoule only be used when everything else is broken.

Default avatar cat
Nov 23, 2008 1:47PM EST

It's not my favourite site, no (yeah, supernovatv or whatever) but it works well enough. It's an okay speed as well usually. Some nights it's really slow. But most often I find it's reasonable. I liked Megavideo a lot until it started putting a time-limit watch on that. So althought Youku doesn't work a quickly, at least I can watch unlimited amounts of TV.
I don't think we should get rid of the links. I mean. If we got rid of all the links from foreign servers we'd be left with, what, Hulu and AOL. Neither of which I can watch, living outside the United States of America.
If you really don't like them you're best bet is to just avoid them.

Default avatar cat
Nov 28, 2008 11:56AM EST

i am in south korea. youkou used to work fine here. the past few days however, i noticed that it's taking forever to load videos hosted by that site.
tonight, i got a "this site was blocked by your region", which means to say that south korean cyber police blocked youkou.
i like supernova.
yay! free ad!

Default avatar cat
Dec 4, 2008 8:57AM EST

I'm in UK and allthough slow at times I love Youku allways a good picture! I just give it 10 minutes before I start watching!! gives me time to get a snack and get comfy lol!

Jan 2, 2009 2:53PM EST

I hear you!!...Youku is the worst link ever. It's so slow. Whoever reads this, please add links that work outside of the US. In Mexico we get less and less links that work for us. I like Megavideo but they have set a time limit for free watching. In addition to this, they are broadcasting out of synk. Supernovatube is good too, but they dont want to work for my country and other because we "render no revenue"... sucks.

Default avatar cat
May 6, 2009 4:15PM EDT

I live in Sweden and Youku works great! :D A little slow at times but it is perfect and fast compared to other sites.

Default avatar cat
Sep 25, 2009 10:39PM EDT

Only certain YouKu links work in certain areas. I frequently get a 'Not available in your Region'(heavily paraphrased).Then on some YouKu links, it works. It is slow but sometimes surprisingly less buggy than other sites.Megavideo sucks now. Same with SuperNovaTube. Used to be good then went down the toilet and all buggy now.zShare and DivX sites are the current best IMHO. WiseVid is good but my UK GF sometimes finds it buggy.
If ya want to get on about removing something, focus on the 40 MegaVideo links for every popular episode/movie in the list or the links that ask you to signup for crap. Or do other shady things.
And yea, that includes NinjaVideo. Why should I have to run NinjaVideo's custom script? I don't trust them. I'm happy to turn off my AdBlocker for certain sites, doesn't mean I'm gonna let em run some weird extra-ap(ActiveX, Script, or whatever I can't remember Firefox warns me about) on my puter.

Default avatar cat
Apr 14, 2010 5:31PM EDT

I can never even get it to start! It just sits there doing nothing but pissing me off... grrr

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