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YouTube TV Was Down for Some Subscribers on Phone & Roku

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YouTube TV was experiencing some technical difficulties, resulting in some subscribers unable to access the service. At the moment, it is unclear what was causing the issues, although it wasn’t affecting all subscribers. In addition, the YouTube TV outage didn’t seem to be in effect on all platforms and devices either.

YouTube has been a popular live TV streaming service since its launch. However, after the recent price rise, YouTube TV has quickly become one of the more expensive options around. That said, the service has managed to maintain its subscribers in spite of the price increase, through the addition of new channels, and unlimited cloud DVR.

On Thursday evening YouTube TV appeared to be hit with a technical issue that affected a lot of subscribers. Down Detector noted a very quick and sudden spike and some of those reporting the issues suggested it was only affecting some platforms, with Roku seeming like one of the worst. However, there were also inconsistencies on this point with some suggesting YouTube TV was not working on mobile devices, while others suggesting that mobile devices were the only ones working.

What caused the YouTube TV outage?

At the moment it is unclear what caused the YouTube TV outage issue, although it was very likely related to a much wider outage. For example, YouTube in general also appeared to be suffering from similar issues with another spike in complaints taking place around the same time.

YouTube was aware of the issue and sent out a message on social media confirming that some users were experiencing problems. The message also suggested that the issue has since been fixed.

While YouTube says the problem has been fixed, there are still a number of YouTube TV subscribers specifically stating that is not the case. Again, as this appears to be a problem affecting certain users, on certain devices, it may be the case that it takes a little longer for some devices to return to normal.

In the meantime, it may be worth refreshing the browser or app, or restarting the device.

John Finn
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John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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