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What to do when a purchased movie on YouTube won’t play on TV?

That is worrying since that can mean you just lost money buying something you won’t enjoy. However, you must not feel desperate already!

When the purchased movie on YouTube won’t play on TV, you must check for updates on your TV firmware or the YouTube app. Further, ensure the movie is not region-blocked. Otherwise, check if the cache and internet connection is fine.

The solutions mentioned above require a bit of technical knowledge. If you don’t have that knowledge, there is nothing to worry about.

We will guide you through all the steps until your YouTube Tv movies are playing again.

It doesn’t make sense to buy and not be able to watch, right?

Purchased Movie On YouTube Won’t Play On TV – Reasons

why purchased movie on youtube won't play on tv

We understand it is beyond frustrating when you buy or rent a movie on YouTube but cannot watch it.

However, that can happen due to very different reasons. Sometimes the issue is software-related. Other times it is network-related. 

Sure enough, saying that doesn’t solve anything. Thus, we will proceed like this: we will tell you the probable causes. Then, after you read and understand them, you must move to the solutions.

Each solution can work perfectly fine once you understand the causes and diagnose your devices.

Here are the main reasons your youtube rented movie won’t play:

#1.Outdated App

Although apps nowadays are set to update automatically, they might fail to do so.

#2. Overloaded Cache

an overloaded cache

Usually, the cache helps software run smoother. But sometimes, it will get overloaded or corrupted, causing some failures.

#3. The Movie Is Region-Blocked

There are a few ways you could have bought a movie that is not legally available in your country.

The issue is that you won’t be able to watch it after buying it.

#4. Your Internet Can’t Load New Data

An unstable internet connection will cause issues because it can’t communicate correctly with the YouTube servers.

#5. You Are in the Wrong Account

Some people have regular and Brand accounts on YouTube. 

Purchased Movie On YouTube Won’t Play On TV – How To Fix

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You can try plenty of solutions when you can’t watch purchased movies on YouTube.

From the reasons mentioned in the section below, you probably already know what the solutions encompass.

However, doing them is a whole different deal. So hang with us for the steps below.

They will genuinely help you watch the movie you just bought.

Solution #1: Update TV’s Firmware

The first thing you must do every time your TV can’t play a determinate app or media content on an app is update its firmware.

TVs, similar to smartphones and computers, will prompt you when a new update is available.

However, sometimes we don’t want to lose time and ignore the update because we simply want to watch our favorite shows. Ignoring those updates is a mistake, however.

So now let’s find out how you can find the update waiting for you and install it. Most smart TVs go like this:

  1. Navigate to Menu
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click on Support
  4. Choose Software Update
  5. Confirm on Update Now
Note: If no updates are available, the "update now" button won't appear, or nothing will happen if you choose it. In that case, go to the next solution.

Solution #2: Manage YouTube App

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An outdated app will make it difficult to access its media content properly.

The case here is weird because apps should always update automatically. However, if it didn’t, you can try to update it yourself.

Here is how:

  1. Locate the place for Apps on your TV
  2. Find the YouTube app
  3. Investigate its options
  4. Find the “update” option
  5. Choose to update and follow the prompts

Reinstall The App

Suppose you could not update the app because it is already up to date. Another possibility is that the app’s files are corrupted.

To fix that, do the following:

  1. Find the app’s options again
  2. Choose to uninstall
  3. Navigate to the app store
  4. Find the YouTube app
  5. Install it again
Note: Uninstalling an app also gets rid of its data cache. The data cache is used to make applications run faster each time you open them again. 

However, an overloaded/corrupted cache will get in the way of correct working.

Solution #3: Check And Fix Your Connection

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When your Wi-Fi is failing, there are a few details you must pay attention to.

They might seem tricky at first, but you want to get used to them because they will save you time in the future.

Okay, so you must first ensure you are connected to a strong network. That means a nearby router with enough broadband to transmit YouTube videos and movies.

Sure enough, many routers nowadays have high ranges, and you don’t need them in the same room as your TV.

However, if that is the case in your house, you must remember this:

  • A 2.4GHz network has more range, thus is recommended when the router and the device connected are far from each other.
  • If the router and the device are close, and the device supports 5GHz, connect to the 5GHz network of your router.
  • 5GHz is faster and is better for streaming!

Keep that info in mind at all times! It will help you position your TV so that the connection won’t fail unless your router fails.

In case your router fails, check on it.

Resetting Your Router

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Apps failing to respond correctly can mean your router is not handling all the data correctly.

The quickest solution for that is resetting the router. Here is how:

  1. Locate the power button
  2. Hold it until all lights go out
  3. Wait for a minute
  4. Turn the router back on

Another way to ensure your connection is at fault is by trying to navigate on other devices that are connected to the same network.

If the navigation is slow, get in touch with your ISP!

Solution #4: Switch To The Correct Account

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Perhaps you are using a TV that is logged into a regular account and a Brand account too.

If you’ve bought the movie for your account but can’t see it on TV, the TV may display the Brand account.

It is normal not to notice small things like that, and working around them is very simple.

In this situation, you must do the following:

  1. Go to the profile picture in the YouTube app
  2. Choose the arrow next to your name
  3. Choose any channel
  4. Now you are using your own account
Note: In case you are unaware, a Brand account is a shared account used by multiple people. Therefore, its perks are different from a regular account. All you need to remember is not to mix their data.

Solution #5: Check Your Region (And Try A VPN)

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Sometimes you might be able to purchase movies on YouTube TV but can’t watch them simply because they are not available for watching in your country.

Okay, but how is it possible to buy an unwatchable movie? Here is how:

  • You just moved to a different country;
  • Some bug on YouTube displayed a movie that would otherwise not show up;
  • You’ve bought from a third-party source that forgot to tell you about region blocks.

If you want to keep and watch that movie, you must circumvent the region block by using a VPN.

Watch Movies With A VPN

watch the movies with vpn

Don’t you know what a VPN is? It is a service that allows you to hide your IP and access content available in any country worldwide.

There are multiple VPN services, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

After you’ve bought a VPN plan, follow the steps:

  1. Open the VPN app;
  2. Activate it
  3. Open YouTube
  4. Choose the region-blocked movie
  5. Watch it
Note: We recommend Altas VPN. They have cheap and reliable plans.

What We Learned

When a Purchased Movie On YouTube Won’t Play On TV, you can work around the issue until it is gone!

The guide above teaches you everything you must know to get rid of the error messages showing up..

We hope you can enjoy watching your favorite movies on YouTube.

Nicole B