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Original story (published on September 28, 2023) follows:

The YouTube TV DVR functionality allows users to record their favorite shows and watch the recording at their convenience, however, it is currently not working correctly.

In an age where streaming services have become an integral part of our entertainment needs, YouTube TV has emerged as a prominent player. But that doesn’t mean it is always immune to various bugs and issues (1,2,3).


And now, the service has hit a rough patch for some users. Reports have emerged with numerous users complaining that the DVR recordings are failing to work as intended (1,2,3,4,5,6).

YouTube TV DVR recording not working or throwing ‘playback error’

One of the most common issues is the occurrence of a ‘playback error’ when attempting to watch recorded content. You can check out the reports below for reference:

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@TeamYouTube YouTube TV has not been recording my shows since this morning. I get an error message on TV, tablet, and phone. Please address the problem and resolve.

@TeamYouTube @YouTubeTV I’m having the same issue with Survivor season 45 premiere. 😫Here’s my stats for nerd. Playback error

This error message has left users frustrated, as it disrupts the seamless streaming experience. Even when the playback error is resolved, the DVR recordings sometimes fail to start from the beginning.

Reports indicate that a significant portion of the complaints revolves around problems with DVR recordings for ‘Survivor Season 45’.

What is going on with the Survivor season 45 premiere on @YouTubeTV ? I keep getting the message below when I try to play the show. I made sure to record it and it shows in my library. Not happy. @TeamYouTube

This has left fans of the reality series feeling disappointed, as they are unable to enjoy their favorite show on their own terms.

Issue acknowledged

The good news for affected users is that YouTube has officially acknowledged the issue. The team is currently investigating the matter.


There is no workaround at the moment that can help fix the issue temporarily. So, users can keep an eye on the support channels for updates regarding the issue.

We’ll also keep tabs on the latest developments and update this article as and when something noteworthy comes up.

Update 1 (October 2, 2023)

11:48 am (IST): YouTube support has confirmed that the DVR recording bug has been resolved.

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