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Glitch knocks YouTube and YouTube TV offline

The error was quickly identified by YouTube's engineering team, according to a source.

The error was quickly identified by YouTube's engineering team, according to a source.

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An outage affecting Google’s video streaming service YouTube left millions around the world without access to the most-popular video platform on the Internet on Wednesday.

In a text message, a Google engineer confirmed to The Desk that the outage was also affecting YouTube TV, the company’s streaming pay television service.

The outage began around 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time when users reporting having issues streaming videos on both platforms. The websites for both YouTube and YouTube TV remained operational, but videos failed to load and play.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the issue, but it was resolved about an hour later.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).