Not really, no. It's not as simple as "As many views as possible". If that would be the case, we would just let a million bots watch those videos all day long.
These videos are advertisement and the goal for the advertiser is of course that people buy their products or services. They don't profit if one player just watches their video 500 times. So of course the advertiser do not just track views, but also basically track the "value" of views. Someone who who watches 1000 videos per day is obviously not someone who pays a lot of attention to every spots or maybe even follows a link.
That's why it doesn't really make economic sense to just chase numbers...or at least not the particular number of views.
And that is also why a conversation like A Thicko imagined it above would never happen. No advertiser who knows his business is just interested in views.
The RN video system is kind of old fashioned, since it's basically optimized to encourage a lot of views. We will have to move away from that over time, it's not useful for anybody. It's not useful for Bright Future, because mere views do not lead to revenue. It's not useful for advertisers, because when they advertise their product, the ideal viewer they have in mind is definitely not someone who just spam-watches videos all day long. And it's not useful for players, because who truly enjoys watching the hundreds of repeated ads per day every day?
So on the long run, we need to change this anyway; for everyones benefit (except maybe for those who use bots to watch videos).
All that being said, reducing the amount of watched videos was of course not the intention of fixing this bug. We fixed this bug because it caused a problem with assigning rewards for videos. It might be unpleasant if you want to watch a video and can't, but it's even more annoying if you watch a video and don't get the reward you were hoping for. That's what this fix is aiming for.
I hope this provides a bit of context why this fix happened and why we are not chasing views. If you are interested, we can discuss this whole topic of "Monetization with videos" more detailed. I don't want to bore anyone here (although, personally, I find it super interesting) and go too much offtopic, but if people are interested, we can certainly discuss it in different thread or maybe even Discord or somehting like that. Just let me know or send me a PM.
But the 2nd Video isn't fixed - so it hasn't fixed it?
Is it not worthwhile for you to have 10 Players buying Lottery Tickets as opposed to 1 Player buying Lottery Ticket?
My Video ranking is quite high over Rail Nation. I DO purchase products from the Videos if its something I purchase, and I have NEVER used a bot to watch a video.