Youtube is one of the most popular streaming platforms of our time, with hundreds of thousands of videos on any given topic to watch. It’s an excellent resource for learning and entertainment alike.
However, just like everything tech, it also runs into the occasional bugs and glitches. In this article, we’re looking at how to fix the “sorry, there was an error licensing this video” error.
Why does this happen?
The Sorry there was an error licensing this video issue generally occurs when using Youtube on a Chromebook or Chromecast device but can also happen when trying to access Youtube TV on your browser.
As is obvious with the error, the cause behind it is copyright issues that might restrict playback of a certain video in your region.
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How to fix the YouTube error?
Here are a few easy fixes you can try to get rid of the Sorry, there was an error licensing this video issue.
Refresh the page
At times you may also see this message because a page couldn’t load properly. In such cases, try refreshing the page to see if you can get the page to load.
Clear your browser’s data
Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get Chrome to work.
Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.
Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and ensure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data.
Check for updates
If the issue is in Chrome itself, chances are developers might release an update to fix the problem. Regardless, you should always ensure you’ve got the latest version of the browser installed to avoid running into issues that could otherwise be avoided.
Head over to chrome://settings/help and make sure you’re on the latest update. If you’re not, update immediately and try again. The *Aw snap* error in Chrome should be fixed.
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Reset your browser
Resetting Chrome can fix random bugs and glitches with the browser.
Step 1: Head over to chrome://settings/reset. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults.
Step 2: Chrome will show you a warning prompt. Click on Reset Settings, and your browser will reset to default settings.
If resetting didn’t work, try to reinstall the browser from scratch to see if that fixes the Sorry there was an error licensing this video issue.
Update the Widevine CDM component in Chrome
The Widevine CDM component in Chrome can also cause video playback and region detection problems if it is outdated. Update this component to see if that fixes your problem.
Just head over to chrome://components and look for the Widevine Content Decryption Module. You’ll see a Check for update button under the module’s description. Click it, and Chrome will automatically update the component to the latest version. This should fix the problem.
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