Someone posted a link to a great YouTube video on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or any other site but you cannot play it because you get the dreaded "this video is not available" message when you try to watch it on your system? You may or may not be affected by this on a daily basis depending on where you live.
If you are living in Germany for instance, chance is that many popular music videos won't simply play because of Google's ongoing struggle with the GEMA. But videos can also be restricted to countries automatically so that no one but users from that country can watch it on the video hosting website.
I'd like to share with you options that may help you watch that video even if it is not available to you right away. Lets get started.
Search for the video title
This is often one of the best options, especially when it comes to popular videos. Just search for the video title, e.g. a song name, and you'll usually end up with other results that offer the video to you.
The dreaded "Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany because it may contain music for which GEMA has not granted the respective music rights" message.
A quick search revealed this video. While it is not the original one, it is the official music video after all albeit with subtitles. If you search a little bit more, you will probably find a music video without subtitles.
This works better for popular videos than it does for videos that are not as popular, or that are exclusive to a channel on the video hosting site.
I suggest you start with a search for the exact title to see if one of the videos that comes up in search is playable on your system. If that is not the case, try variations or only parts of the title to see if it yields the desired results.
As far as music goes, you should not have much trouble finding a suitable alternative.
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