YouTube TV subscribers can delete recordings from their library although there isn’t an option to delete the stored recordings. While that might sound confusing and even contradictory, this is the way YouTube TV’s cloud DVR currently works.
Consumers have a number of live TV streaming services to choose from. However, with the base plans from fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV all priced the same, the cost is not always the easiest way to choose between different services. This is where the additional features and user experience can come in and help to make the decision a little easier. For example, one of YouTube TV’s main selling points is its recording experience.
Put simply, with the option to record an unlimited number of videos, and have recordings separated into each family member account, YouTube TV offers one of the best cloud DVR experiences around. However, the unlimited nature of the cloud DVR can also result in some unexpected, and at times, unwanted side effects. One of them being the way deleting videos work.
How to delete YouTube TV videos
First off, it is important to make clear the difference between the two types of deletion, considering one is possible and the other isn’t. Essentially, YouTube TV allows subscribers to manually delete and remove scheduled recordings from their library. That is, recordings that have yet to happen. In contrast, there is no option to manually remove show episodes and movies that have already been recorded are are available to watch in the library. This is also irrespective of whether the recorded videos have been watched or not.
How to delete recording through the website:
- Visit YouTube TV
- Sign in if required
- Click on the Library tab
- Find the show or movie to be deleted
- Click to access the show or movie page
- Click on the check mark icon to remove from library
How to delete through the app:
- Open the YouTube TV app
- Tap on Library
- Locate the show or movie to be deleted
- Tap to access the show or movie page
- Tap on the check mark icon to remove from library
Alternatively, users can simply search for any show or movie when on the service’s website or through any of the YouTube TV platform apps and then click/tap on the “Added to library” (check mark) button to remove recordings. Once again, this only affects upcoming scheduled recordings and not videos that have already been recorded.
Why saved recordings can’t be deleted
YouTube TV doesn’t intentionally stop stored recordings from being deleted, its cloud DVR just happens to work this way. To explain, although YouTube TV offers an unlimited cloud DVR, that’s only in relation to the quantity of videos that can be recorded. When it comes to how long they remain recorded for, the service is actually limited.
Essentially, all recordings made on YouTube TV will only remain recorded for a maximum of nine months. This is one of the major downsides with YouTube TV’s cloud DVR compared to some other services, as there is no option to keep recordings indefinitely. At the same time, as all videos are automatically removed after 9 months, the user doesn’t have to worry about manually deleting any. The recorded movies and show episodes will simply expire when the time comes.
YouTube TV has never added an option to manually delete recordings and this is largely due to the service assuming there is no need for the subscriber to manage their recordings – as YouTube TV does the managing for them. While many subscribers will probably disagree with this and prefer an option to manually delete recordings from their library, there are currently no indications that YouTube TV plans to add manual removals in the future.
YouTube TV deleting recordings summary
YouTube TV subscribers can delete recordings from their library, but only those that have been scheduled and not recorded yet. The option to delete these scheduled recordings is possible by accessing the page for any show or move and clicking on the “Added to library” button.
For all the recordings that have already been made and are available to watch in the library, there’s no option to delete them. Instead subscribers are expected to simply wait until the stored recordings have expired. At present, there’s no suggestion YouTube TV plans to add the option to manually delete recordings.