YouTube TV — the most popular live streaming service in the United States — is having some major hiccups early Tuesday evening.
The service, which sports more than 5 million subscribers, was coming up empty for many. The channel guide was live. But choose a show and you’d get nothing but a blank screen.
YouTube TV acknowledged the outage on Twitter.
if you’re having trouble watching @YouTubeTV rn, we’re currently having some ~technical issues~ BUT we’re working on a fix!! stay tuned ?
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) September 6, 2022
The Team YouTube twitter account noted that they’re “working on a fix,” which could mean that service will be restored sooner rather than later. But no ETA was given. DownDetector, which tracks user reports of website outages, showed a large spike of YouTube outages early Tuesday evening.
It also appeared that not every channel on YouTube TV was affected. We were able to view some channels — including local broadcast affiliates — but not others.
The outage comes the same day YouTube TV announced that it now supports 5.1 surround sound on Apple TV, though there’s no indication of any correlation.
There’s no streaming service (or web service of any kind, really) that’s never seen an outage, and YouTube TV has been party to some fairly major outages in the past. But now that it’s the biggest streaming service in the country — with about a million more subs than Hulu With Live TV — any outage is going to be that much a bigger deal.
YouTube TV itself costs $65 a month for about 100 channels. It’s available on every major streaming platform, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast with Google TV, various smart TVs, gaming consoles, and in a web browser.
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