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Very often when I click on an embedded Youtube video or even access a Youtube video though the Youtube app, I get an error that curtly says "This video cannot be played". What gives?

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There is a flag that people can set on their YouTube videos to allow or disallow those videos to be played on a mobile device. What you are seeing when you try to access those videos is that the person has set the flag to 'Disallow'.

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Typically producers of popular music disallow their content to be played on mobile phones. – Bryan Denny Dec 3 '10 at 15:36
Is this flag set to disallow by default? – S Red Dec 3 '10 at 15:53
@S Red - It didn't used to be. I haven't uploaded a video in awhile, though, so I don't know. What videos are you trying to watch? As @Bryan pointed out, things like music videos aren't typically allowed on phones. – JasCav Dec 3 '10 at 17:55

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