How to fix YouTube TV playback errors in no time

Radu Tyrsina
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  • Video streaming errors rate the highest among all the issues that YouTube TV users report.
  • There are many streaming errors that can occur, due to as many causes. We explore some basic ones in this article.
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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 log-in 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.

1. Restart the YouTube TV appyoutube app doesn't load video

As simple as it may sound, some users mentioned that just by exiting out of 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

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 this list to see how to clear the data.

4. Download all updatesfix youtube tv

This is valid for your YouTube TV app, but also for the OS or browsers you’re using. Also, the device you’re streaming on should have the latest firmware installed, if that’s the case.

Are you streaming on Windows 10 and updates won’t install? Read this useful guide.

5. Update location

To change your home area on your TV:

  1. Open YouTube TV.
  2. Select your profile picture.
  3. Select Settings > Area > Home area > Update.

For Chrome:

  1. Go to the Menu/More in the top right corner.
  2. Click Settings > Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, click Site settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Location section and select one of the options.

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 > Privacy > 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.

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

FAQ: Learn more about YouTube TV

  • What does YouTube playback error mean?

A YouTube playback error implies video freezing or buffering, as well as blank screens or constant crashes.

  • How do I report a playback error on YouTube TV?

You can try first to fix the playback error yourself by checking the Internet connection and the update status of your YouTube TV app or streaming device. If you really can’t fix it, you can contact the YouTube support.

  • Is there a problem with YouTube TV?

There can be many reasons why you’re experiencing problems with your YouTube TV, starting from connectivity issues, and faulty app, to content that is not available in your area.