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YouTube stops working after six hours

(Topic created on: 14-12-2019 03:52 AM)
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Sunstreaker
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My tv is a UN40MU6290. I've been using the YouTube app with no issues until this Monday. I use the app a lot, but especially overnight. I play one of the many 8 hour dark screen videos of nature sounds. For me, I like the rain videos. However, since Monday the app pauses at the six hour mark and asks me if I want to continue playing. This is very annoying when the lack of rain sound and the bright white font of the message wakes me up at 4am and I don't have to get up for another two and a half hours. 

Anyone else have this issue? I don't know if this is a Samsung or a YouTube issue. 

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AndrewL
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@Sunstreaker: It appears that Youtube is noticing that it's idle, therefore you may wish to try adding the video to a playlist along with a couple of others for good measure. Hopefully, with an active list, the video will continue to play without the message popping up. Let me know if this helps.
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Sunstreaker
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Thanks for the answer! Unfortunately the video I listen to is an eight hour long sleep sound video. Even if I added it to a playlist, I think there could still be a pause at the six hour mark. I will try it tonight though! Also, I did some research after posting my initial post, and it seems there's an auto-pause feature embedded in the YouTube apps. Many people have complained and said that it only affects those without the premium YouTube red service, but I have that premium service and it affects me as well. Strangely enough, it only started this past Monday. I don't know if YouTube pushed out an update to the tv app, but it is quite annoying. There's no way to disable it in the tv app, though allegedly there are ways around it when using a browser on a laptop or desktop computer. 

Thanks for your suggestion! I'll try adding the video to a playlist and see how it goes. 

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Dane1
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We have been having the same issues and it's super annoying having our 1 year old sleeping until the rain stops then he awakes screaming in the room at the end of the video. My wife and I then have to search for the remote even though it's in the same place every night to prepare for the dreaded "are you still watching" pop-up. YouTube You are really failing right now, Big Time!

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Sunstreaker
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Do you have an iPod or something similar? I have realplayer downloaded on my computer. Realplayer can convert video to audio. I downloaded the rain video, converted it to mp3, loaded it onto my iPod, Bluetooth connected my iPod to my sound at, and have that track on repeat. It took a little while, maybe a half an hour (my computer is slow) to convert, but it's wonderful to have. Now I don't worry about the video pausing anymore. 

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JPDN
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Hi  @Sunstreaker

I had the same issue and managed to overcome this. Here is how it worked for me:

  • Make sure the Smart TV has auto-power off set to 8+ hours or disabled.
  • Open the browser on the Smart TV (not YouTube app)
  • Set the browser for full screen (it stops after 6h without this)
    Activate/enable "Hide menu" or "Hide Tabs and Menu Bar" in the browser settings (the correct term differs between distinct Smart TVs).
  • At the browsers address field, enter the YouTube path you want to play in embedded format... 

NOTICE: On some platforms though, the autoplay works only with the extra &mute=1 parameter included... this disables the sound of course...
If it is the case and you want sound, you should not include the &mute=1 parameter and have to press on play as it will not start automatically.

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