YouTube TV is Suffering a DVR Outage





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Have you noticed some of your DVR recordings are taking a long time to show up? Instead, you are finding a video-on-demand version in your library with unskippable ads? You are not alone, and Google has officially acknowledged the issue and is working on fixing it.

According to Google, they are suffering a delay in processing a large backlog of DVR recordings from last week. This delay means YouTube TV is unable to quickly add the DVR recordings to your library and for right now you will have to watch the video-on-demand version.

In a statement on Reddit, a YouTube TV Engineer confirmed the issue saying:

Folks – we tried to comment on all of these threads but it’s the same answer – we are catching up on processing a large backlog of DVRs from last week and hope to be done soon but in the meantime you may have some transient issues with some DVRs being immediately available. You can always watch VOD in the interim until they catch up but we are not putting forced ads on DVR.

According to the research firm MuffettNathanson that tracks streaming services and cable TV. Google does not officially release numbers, but according to MoffettNathanson YouTube TV added 300,000 subscribers in the 1st quarter of 2023.

Here is what YouTube TV recently announced some new features coming later this year:

Multiview: As many have noticed, we’ve started experimenting with the multiview feature. We rolled this out to all subscribers due to high demand during March Madness and are working on some improvements ahead of the NFL season. Stay tuned for more specific updates as we get closer to the start of the season.

Picture Quality Experiments: We’re testing transcoding changes, including a bitrate increase for live 1080p content over the next several weeks. These will target devices that support the VP9 codec with high-speed internet connections. If these go well, we plan to make them permanent by this summer. More info to come!

As we learn more about these new features and the DVR outage, we will be posting updates.

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