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Unable to Play Watch Later YouTube videos on Plex Web

shopgirl284shopgirl284 Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja, Forum Moderator Posts: 2,443 Plex Ninja

There is an issue with Plex Web for Chrome playing YouTube Watch Later videos. They just sit there loading forever.

There was an issue with PMS for Windows v1.5.2 being unable to transcode YouTube videos, but that issue has been resolved in PMS for Windows v1.5.6 and later. I know this issues is resolved because the Plex app for Roku must trancode some YouTube Watch Later videos and they play and transcode fine on the Plex app for Roku using PMS for Windows v1.5.6 or later.

The same YouTube Watch Later videos will direct play on the iOS app and transcode on the Roku app. But I have tried playing these YouTube videos in Plex Web v3.2.1, v3.4.1, and v3.6 in Chrome and they just sit there loading forever.

I even tried disabling Direct Play under Settings > Plex Web > Player, but they still will not play.

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  • shopgirl284shopgirl284 Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja, Forum Moderator Posts: 2,443 Plex Ninja
    edited May 18

    I have also tried the latest version of the Plex Web app (v3.6) on Firefox and Safari from another device (including disabling direct play) and YouTube Watch Later video playback fails on those browsers as well.

    EDIT:

    I have also tried the latest version of the Plex Web app (v3.6) on browsers from Ipad (Safari and Firefox) and YouTube Watch Later video playback fails as well. But Firefox on Windows 10 can play YouTube Watch Later videos.

  • shopgirl284shopgirl284 Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja, Forum Moderator Posts: 2,443 Plex Ninja

    It appears there is an issue with the Plex Web app sending the POST request necessary to get the video stream. This same request works fine on the Plex app for Roku and iOS.

  • harrogukharroguk Members, Plex Pass Posts: 143 Plex Pass

    Just as a side note, it is working in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

  • shopgirl284shopgirl284 Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja, Forum Moderator Posts: 2,443 Plex Ninja

    This does appear to be an issue affecting the Chrome and Safari browsers. Firefox works as well (except on Ipad).

  • donyzzdonyzz Members Posts: 145 ✭✭

    Still not working in chrome or edge(for me). This has been a problem for about 2 months. :'(

  • harrogukharroguk Members, Plex Pass Posts: 143 Plex Pass

    Still not working in Chrome (Works fine in M$ Edge)

    PlexWeb: Version 3.6.0
    Plex Media Server: Version 1.7.0.3840
    Chrome: Version 58.0.3029.110 (64-bit)

  • LiLSaInT0925LiLSaInT0925 Members, Plex Pass Posts: 4 Plex Pass

    @shopgirl284 said:
    There is an issue with Plex Web for Chrome playing YouTube Watch Later videos. They just sit there loading forever.

    There was an issue with PMS for Windows v1.5.2 being unable to transcode YouTube videos, but that issue has been resolved in PMS for Windows v1.5.6 and later. I know this issues is resolved because the Plex app for Roku must trancode some YouTube Watch Later videos and they play and transcode fine on the Plex app for Roku using PMS for Windows v1.5.6 or later.

    The same YouTube Watch Later videos will direct play on the iOS app and transcode on the Roku app. But I have tried playing these YouTube videos in Plex Web v3.2.1, v3.4.1, and v3.6 in Chrome and they just sit there loading forever.

    I even tried disabling Direct Play under Settings > Plex Web > Player, but they still will not play.

    I am getting the same issue with Watch later not working in Chrome. I have tried IE and that works but not Chrome. So far I have tested the following:

    • Chrome (Doesn't work)
    • Internet Explorer (Works)
    • Plex Windows App (Works)
    • Android (Works)
    • iOS (Works)

    Not sure where the issue is with Chrome but it is for sure the browser that won't play the videos in the Watch Later playlist.

    Question

    Does anyone know if there is a way to send an email to Plex and have their development team take a look at the issue? I know it is a small thing but it would be nice to have this working.

  • chrishoagechrishoage Members, Plex Employee, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Posts: 79 Plex Employee

    We are aware of the issue, I have opened a ticket on the Plex Media Server repo a while ago as there is no reason client side this shouldn't work.

    As mentioned previously in this thread there is a POST request that is hanging which the Plex Media Server team needs to figure out why that is.

  • LiLSaInT0925LiLSaInT0925 Members, Plex Pass Posts: 4 Plex Pass

    @chrishoage said:
    We are aware of the issue, I have opened a ticket on the Plex Media Server repo a while ago as there is no reason client side this shouldn't work.

    As mentioned previously in this thread there is a POST request that is hanging which the Plex Media Server team needs to figure out why that is.

    Thank you!

  • harrogukharroguk Members, Plex Pass Posts: 143 Plex Pass

    As per https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/comment/1448504#Comment_1448504

    Upgraded to
    PMS Version 1.7.2.3878
    Still not working

  • jhoward15jhoward15 Members, Plex Pass Posts: 23 Plex Pass

    Same here with the latest version of Chrome on a Chromebook - playing videos from Youtube via Watch Later just sit with a spinning circle like it's trying to buffer them.

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