More YouTube monkey business by Google?

Every now and then, when I click on a link to a video on YouTube using IE11, I get redirected to some URL on the domain. It's some long-ass URL, and it results in a 404. It's like every week something peculiar happens. One week the video won't play because the pre-roll advertisement never comes up. The next week it will be a complete freeze of the page forcing a reload. The week after that it will be playback freeze when scrubbing within the video. What are these fucking assholes doing? I seriously want YouTube to die in favor of some other service so we don't have to deal with these asshats.