Fix: There was an error licensing this video on YouTube TV

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as... read more
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YouTube TV users reported an occasional error that they encounter and that reads: Playback error. Sorry, there was an error licensing this video.

It appears only when using Chromecast media players or a Chromebook. Note that YouTube TV supports the latest Chromecast devices, or Chromecast-enabled app, and Chromecast Ultra.

If you’re using a first-generation Chromecast, issues are even more frequent. Additionally, it seems that the error doesn’t affect only YouTube TV streaming, but any video-related content.

How do I fix the licensing error on YouTube TV?

1. Update Chromefix licencing error youtube

  1. Go to the Chrome menu -> Help -> About Google Chrome.
  2. You should see the Chrome version installed and an “Update” button if updates are available.

2. Update the Widevine CDM component in Chrome

  1. Write chrome://components/ in the address bar.
  2. Find Widevine Content Decryption Module (it should be at the bottom of the list).update widevine cdm chrome
  3. Click the Check for update button and confirm.

Up until now, the only solution that would do the trick and fix the licensing error message for the YouTube TV app.

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We hope that this solution worked for you as well. Whether it did or not, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below and help others improve the youTube Tv experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • There can be several reasons for this issue such as no proper internet connection, incorrect app configuration, cookies & cache.

  • There might be several causes. But, for a start, make sure to update your device and make sure the YouTube app is also updated. Note that for the best streaming experience, the YouTube app runs also on the latest browser versions.

  • Most probably, there’s a problem with your internet connection – either not working or either too slow. YouTube TV requires speeds of at least 3 Mbps for standard definition videos and 13 Mbps or above for HD videos.

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