Enabling DVR on live streams


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Enabling YouTube's DVR feature allows your viewers to pause, rewind, and continue during the event. Once a viewer resumes playing, the event will continue from where they hit pause. To enable DVR, follow these steps:

  • Stream Now: Click Stream Options and check the box for Enable DVR.
  • Events: Click Advanced settings and check the box for Enable DVR.


If your event becomes very long, your viewers will only be able to rewind up to a limit. They'll be able to seek back up to 12 hours on most devices. Viewers using Apple TV, Apple AirPlay, or older app versions are subject to lower limits:

  • 2 hours for Low latency and Ultra low-latency streams.
  • 4 hours for Normal latency streams. 

These limits also apply when a viewer uses pause and resume. Note that viewers can never seek back to before you went live.

Disabling DVR 

If you choose to disable DVR, viewers cannot seek back while you are streaming, but viewers can still see a recording of your entire stream once it is available. Disabling DVR is not supported for webcam and mobile streaming.

If you change your mind about DVR after going live, you can still enable or disable while live streaming. However, the changes will only apply to viewers who start playing your stream after you make the change.

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