[Update: Nov. 18] Some YouTube TV users experiencing an issue with unskippable ads on DVR recordings; intermittent black screen issue being looked into

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…

Original story (published on September 20, 2021) follows:

YouTube TV has some of the best channel selections you can think of. Couple this with the unlimited DVR content and you have yourself one of the best premium live TV services on the market.

Just like any other Google product, the app is easy to use on multiple TVs, phones and tablets. And thanks to plenty of storage and other capabilities, its cloud DVR is arguably the best when compared to the competition.


In case you didn’t know, YouTube TV is the only streaming service out there which offers unlimited cloud storage for DVR recordings.

This means you can record any program, be it a TV show, live football match, a movie or any other event, and then later watch the recorded event on any device.

Unfortunately, there appears to be some issues with watching DVR recordings on YouTube TV for several subscribers of the platform, who note that they are unable to skip ads.


I watch Pardon the Interuption on ESPN on my “DVR” but noticed today when I skipped the commercials it then forced on me 4-5 unskippable commercials. This episode was definitely not “on demand” and is marked as on my DVR (grey DVR icon). I’m watching on my iOS device at home in my wifi. Anyone else?

As seen from the reports above, affected YouTube TV subscribers say the platform is forcing ads on every DVR recording with no option to skip them.

While most of these reports are fairly recent, we do have others that have been around for months now, implying this is a longstanding issue.

So far, we have come across reports from Android, iOS and even TV users, further indicating that this could be a widespread issue.

On the brighter side, a community manager seems to be actively tracking the issue and has confirmed sharing the details with the engineering team for further investigation.

Thanks. I’ll share this info directly with the engineering team — that’s definitely not intended. This may take time, but I’ll keep you in the loop here once I get an update.


Another issue that’s actively annoying subscribers is where some are experiencing an intermittent black screen when watching live TV. Apparently, the screen turns black for a few seconds before resuming normalcy.


I watch YouTubeTV on a Samsung Smart TV. Very frequently my TV live stream will go black for a couple of seconds and then pick back up where it left off. No updates needed for YouTubeTV and I’ve tried restarting TV as well. Any idea what’s going on?

And like the issue with unskippable ads on DVR recordings, the YouTube TV team is already looking into the black screen issue and should provide an update on the matter sooner than later.

Stepping in here — the engineering team is currently looking into the intermittent black screen issue. Thanks for already submitting the in-app feedback. When you can, reach out to the YouTube TV support team here. They can gather any more helpful info & get that passed along to the engineering team.

At this point, it’s unclear what’s causing either of these issues, but since the team is already looking into them, affected YouTube TV users should get a fix in the coming days.

We will let you know once both issues get addressed. Meanwhile, feel free to keep an eye on our YouTube bugs/issues tracker for insights into other problems you may be facing with the platform.

Update (November 18)

IST 10:21 am: YouTube has since acknowledged the issue with unskippable ads in the Library, saying that they’re currently working on a fix.

unskippable ads in library

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