How to Fix YouTube TV Playback Errors [4 Quick Ways]

Discover tried-and-true strategies vetted by our team of specialists

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  • Video streaming errors rate the highest among all the issues that YouTube TV users report.
  • Internet issues as well as bad login credentials can cause this error to occur.
  • Clearing your cookies and cache is one of the most effective solutions.
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Video streaming errors account for about 79% of the issues reported by YouTube TV subscribers. This is followed by problems with the actual app or glitches in the login process.

Sometimes, playback errors are specific and can prompt you to do something to fix the situation – such as disconnecting a device or re-entering your credentials.

Other times, playback errors are vague and there is little that you can do about them. But here are a few suggestions.

Why does Youtube TV keep saying playback error?

The following are the most common causes to this error:

  • Bad login information: If you’ve recently updated the password for your account but haven’t entered it on the streaming device you’re using, you’ll get an error notice that asks you to enter the new password.
  • Problems with the channels: Occasionally, certain channels will not be available. This is not an error on your end; rather, it is a problem with the particular channel that you are using.
  • Location: It’s possible that you won’t be able to get your regular local channels while you’re away because of your location.
  • Internet connection issues: YouTube TV requires a connection speed of at least 5 Mbps in order to work smoothly. Before you begin streaming, check to see that your Internet connection is working properly.
  • YouTube TV incompatibility: It’s compatible with most streaming devices, including smart TVs, although it is not compatible with traditional televisions.

Moreover here are some of the most common error variations that you may encounter, but nonetheless, fix with the solutions below:

  • YouTube TV playback error code 3, 8, 14, 16, 19
  • YouTube TV playback error video format not supported
  • YouTube TV playback error on FireStick/ Samsung tv
  • YouTube TV playback error this video requires payment to watch
  • YouTube TV playback error unavailable in your area

Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

How do I get rid of playback error on YouTube TV?

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Before moving on to more complex solutions, try the following:

  • Test your Internet connection.
  • Check your login credentials.
  • Check whether the channel or video you are trying to view has been restricted.
  • See if your TV is compatible with YouTube TV.

1. Restart the YouTube TV app

As simple as it may sound, some users mentioned that just exiting the YouTube app worked for them. It is true, however, that this did the trick for a while and then the streaming got stuck again.

So if this is the case for you as well, let’s move on to the next step.

2. Perform a power cycle

A complete power cycle should put your media devices, internet connection, and Hulu app back on track. So, switch off your devices (including modem and router).

Wait a few minutes, then switch them back on and see if the error code still appears.

3. Clear cookies and cache

3.1 For Android TVs

1. Press the Home button on your remote then Settings.

2. Under TV, select Apps.

3. Under System apps, select YouTube TV.

4. Select Clear cache then tap OK.

3.2 For Fire TV:

1. Press the Home button then Settings.

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2. Select Applications followed by Manage Installed Applications.

3. Select YouTube TV then Clear cache.

3.3 For LG TV:

1. From Home screen go to Apps then Settings and Application manager.

2. Look for YouTube TV then Storage.

3. Tap Clear cache.

3.4 For Samsung TVs:

1. Press the Home button on your remote then Broadcasting.

2. Select Expert Settings.

3. Select HbbTV Settings.

4. Select Delete Browsing Data and follow the prompts to clear any saved data.

No matter the device you’re using, deleting the temporary and other unwanted files is essential for any streaming service to work properly.

Since YouTube TV is available on a very large range of media players and smart TVs, check out our dedicated guide to find out how to clear cookies and cache on more TVs.

4. Update location

To change your home area on your TV:

  1. Open YouTube TV.
  2. Select your profile picture.
  3. Select Settings followed by Area then Home area and Update.

For Android, make sure you have the Battery saving mode on (in Settings > Location option, under the Personal section).

For iOS, turn location services on/off from Settings followed by Privacy and Location Services.

YouTube TV requires your location details to offer only the content available in your area. So if you’re traveling, you have to also update your location to continue enjoying YouTube TV.

For more solutions, check out our guide on how to fix There was an error licensing this video on YouTube TV.

We hope that these steps were helpful to fix your YouTube playback error. Please share your thought in the comments sections below.