5 Easy Ways to Fix Error Licensing This Video on YouTube TV

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  • Youtube TV is one of the most popular TV streaming options available today. 
  • However, just like other streaming options, you might encounter challenges such as the YouTube TV error licensing this video error.
  • Fortunately, such errors are easy to fix and do not mean that you should look for other streaming options.
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YouTube is one of the best streaming sites we have today. However, an increasing number of users report that they constantly run into the issue of YouTube TV error licensing this video. In this article, we will show you how to fix the problem.

There may be a playback issue when you watch videos on YouTube TV that reads, Sorry, there was an error licensing this video. This hurts YouTube TV’s streaming as well as other video-related material.

Why does my YouTube TV say error licensing this video?

There are several potential causes for the YouTube video licensing problem, including:

  • A network flaw or error or problems with an internet connection
  • Ineffective YouTube TV app
  • Outdated browser – learn how to fix your browser
  • Operating system issues (for computer and Chromebook users)
  • Corrupted data from the YouTube TV app
  • Corrupted data from a Google Account

How do you fix Sorry, there was an error licensing this video?

1. Update the YouTube app

If using your mobile phone:

  1. Visit the App store (Google Play Store or Apple App store).Google Play - youtube tv error licensing this video
  2. Locate the YouTube app.
  3. Choose Update.Update YouTube

If using another device:

  1. Go to System settings and choose System Update
  2. Choose Updates, including those for the YouTube TV app, that are still pending will be installed.

2. Update your Google Chrome browser

  1. Launch Google Chrome and click on the three dots menu.Chrome Menu - youtube tv error licensing this video
  2. Go to Help, then About Google Chrome, from the drop-down menu list.
  3. You will see the current version of your browser in a pop-up tab that appears. There will be an Update button if it is out of date. To update, click on it.About Chrome - youtube tv error licensing this video

3. Restart your router

  1. Remove the power cord from the outlet, unplugging your router.Disconnect Power Code
  2. Give it a minute or so to sit.
  3. Reconnect the router’s plug and turn it on.Connect - youtube tv error licensing this video

4. Sign out, then sign in again to your YouTube account

How to sign out

  1. Launch the YouTube app.
  2. Click on your profile photo and then select Sign Out.Sign Out - youtube tv error licensing this video

How to sign in

  1. Launch the YouTube app.
  2. Now click on Sign in and follow the on-screen instructions to sign in.Sign in Youtube

5. Update the Widevine CMD Component in Chrome

  1. Use your Chrome search bar and type chrome:/components.
  2. To verify the update under the Widevine Content Decryption Module section, scroll to the bottom of this page and click the Check for update button.Widevine Content Decryption
  3. Go back and see if the YouTube TV licensing error problem is still present.

Is a TV license required for YouTube?

Most of the time, it is not required. The only exception would be if you were viewing a channel that simultaneously streamed and broadcast (including any encoding delays of a few seconds or minutes). Sky News Live is one illustration. 

Youtube TV is one of the most popular TV streaming options available today. However, just like other streaming options, you might encounter challenges such as the YouTube TV error licensing this video error or even it stops working.

Fortunately, as discussed above, you can quickly fix the issue without any problems. Let us know which solution worked for you in the comments area below.

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