Fix YouTube TV: There was an error licensing this video

YouTube TV users have reported an error indicating a playback error. Sorry, there was a licensing error with this video.

It only appears when using Chromecast or Chromebook media players. Please note that YouTube TV supports the latest Chromecast compatible and Chromecast Ultra compatible devices or apps.

If you’re using a first-generation Chromecast, the problems become even more common. Also, the error seems to affect not only the YouTube TV stream but all video content.

What causes the “There was an error when licensing this video” message on YouTube TV

When you stream a video on YouTube, a playback error may be reported: Sorry, there was a licensing error with this video. According to our research and data collected on various forums. This problem occurs mostly on devices using Chrome Cast Media Player. But in fact, all Chrome cast devices include Chrome cast Ultra, and Chrome Cast-enabled apps support the latest version of YouTube.

With first-generation Chrome cast, this issue most often brings up “YouTube TV Licensing Error for this video.” As for bandwidth, not only streaming YouTube TV S but also other video content does not work correctly. If you don’t know how to solve this problem, this article will show you the different methods to solve it.

Fix the “There was a licensing error with this video” message on YouTube TV

Restart your operating system and the YouTube TV app

Your computer and the YouTube TV app can sometimes create a lot of temporary files or clips. These error files can cause many temporary problems for your PC and the YouTube TV app. Therefore, we recommend rebooting your operating system and the YouTube TV app to resolve these issues.

The first method is a common method to solve YouTube error problems. So, by trying this method, you will probably be able to solve your YouTube TV video licensing problem. If this solution doesn’t work, we suggest you try the second solution.

Update your Chrome

If your Chrome is not the latest version, there is a good chance that you are experiencing this problem. That’s why it’s important to update your Chrome. Here are two steps:

  1. Open Chrome, then go to the Chrome menu and select “Help.” After that, a smaller menu will appear, you need to find the About Google Chrome option and click on it.
  2. Once you click on About Google Chrome, you will be taken to a new interface. Here you may see a sentence that reads, “Almost up to date! Restart Google Chrome to complete the update. Incognito windows do not reopen. To update Chrome, you must click the Restart button.

The second solution is much better than the first, so it may help you solve this problem. If this solution still doesn’t work, let’s try the third solution.

Update the Widevine CMD component in Chrome

Besides the Chrome version, there is another important factor – the version of the Widevine CMD component in Chrome. If this version is too old, you may also encounter this problem. So to solve this problem, you can try to update the Widevine CMD component in Chrome.

Here are two steps:

  1. Type chrome://components in your Chrome search bar.
  2. This will take you to the new interface. You need to scroll down the page and click the Check Update button to confirm the update under Widevine Content Decryption Module.

After these steps, you can go back and check if the video licensing error on YouTube TV disappears.

Frequently Asked Questions

Make sure you have the latest system updates installed on your device. Update to the latest version of the YouTube TV app. Uninstall and reinstall the YouTube TV app.

If your internet is down or too slow, you may get a playback error message. Make sure your internet is working before you start streaming. Too many users: YouTube TV supports three streams at a time. If you go beyond three streams, you will get a playback error.

  1. On the remote control that came with your TV, press the HOME button.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. In the TV category, select Apps.
  4. Select YouTube.
  5. Select Clear Data and press OK.
  6. Select Clear Cache and press OK.
  7. Select Force Freeze.
  8. Open YouTube from the Home screen.

  1. Reload the page.
  2. If you have many tabs open in your browser, try closing most of them except the one you use for YouTube.
  3. Restart your browser.
  4. Restart your router.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Update your browser to the latest version.