How To Fix Sorry There Was an Error Licensing This Video on YouTube TV

YouTube TV shows “Sorry, there was an error licensing this video on YouTube” error message. Here’s how to fix it.


So, you have subscribed to YouTube TV but you can’t access it on your Chrome or any of your favorite browsers. It says “Sorry, there was an error licensing this video on YouTube”. Here’s how to fix it.

This kind of error doesn’t really explain anything except the licensing problem. Fortunately, this error is usually caused by the browser or the device you’re accessing YouTube on, so it’s practical to fix it.

Especially if you use Windows and Google Chrome browsers. Although this problem can happen on other browsers as well, and fixing it requires just a few clicks.

How to fix “Sorry, there was an error licensing this video on YouTube”

Update the Chrome browser

Make sure you have internet access. If you use Chrome, make sure your Chrome is up-to-date. Outdated browsers might influence the YouTube TV connection and make it shows unrelated error messages.

To update, simply open the three-dots button, select Help > About Google Chrome.

how to fix sorry there was an error licensing this video on youtube

It is going to automatically check for updates. If updates are available, automatic updates will occur. Simply wait until it’s done.

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Once it’s done updating, restart the Chrome browser.

Update the Widevine Content Decryption Module

There’s a Chrome component that is important when accessing the YouTube TV, and you have to make sure it’s up-to-date. To update, open the chrome://components/ and find the Widevine Content Decryption Module.


Select Check for updates. Wait until the update is done. Restart the browser once it’s done.

Make sure you set the right time on your device

If none of the above solves the issue, ensure you have set the right time on your PC or your device like Samsung TV. Set it to automatic.

YouTube TV shows the licensing error message, despite you have subscribed to it. Fortunately, there are ways to fix it so you can enjoy watching YouTube TV on your browser.

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