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YouTube TV Starts Restricting Shows on your DVR

When YouTube TV first launched, one of the tradeoffs was that on certain shows and networks, users would have to watch a VOD version of the show even if they recorded it on their DVR.

For the first year of the service, this was rarely enforced.

Recently though, users have noticed this appearing on more and more shows. Now when a user goes to play what they recorded, they may see a message that says “Restricted Access” and have to watch a VOD version instead.

So while you’ll still be able to watch the same show you recorded, you won’t be able to skip commercials.

We have not yet seen this go into effect with providers, except Hulu Live TV who charges $15/month to make the ads in your recorded shows skippable.

You can read our full YouTube TV review here.