How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video?

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How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? djusa 12/20/11 3:03 AM
We like embedding videos on our site from YouTube and featuring them for our users, but if we feature something that is territory restricted (say only available in the US) then how can we determine the territory restrictions of that video. We're in the US so of course the video plays for us, but is there anyway to find out if it is blocked in other countries. For instance we featured this video from National Geographic embedded on our site and received much negative feedback because people couldn't play it outside of the US:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxLBywKrTf4

Is there anyway to determine where a video can and cannot be played globally? Then we can decide if we want to feature it or not.

David
Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? SandBox909 12/25/11 11:19 AM
Plz, Can someone answer this question? It's really an important one. I sometimes send videos and other reply it's restricted!!! it has to some way to find out.

Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? djusa 1/4/12 1:53 AM
Agreed. Someone please reply with any ideas for figuring this out. :)) We have a programmer in India and so I've been asking them if they can play certain videos that I think might be copyright restricted but I don't think that's the best way to find out if videos have worldwide rights.
Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? SenshiSunPower 1/4/12 11:57 AM
I don't think there's a way for the viewer to check. The poster can see if it's restricted. 
Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? Klementine 1/5/12 10:01 PM
What you can do is to first study this page on YouTube video restrictions gdata search query:
 
Then substuting their example search query with your example National Geographic video ID# would give you this string:
http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos/mxLBywKrTf4?v=2&prettyprint=true
 
and when you run that in your browser it will return an *.xml file with all the information about the video, including embedding restrictions, syndication restrictions, GEO restrictions, ect.
You can probably open that file with a browser, I just use a HEX editor.
 
 And for example - line 51 will tell you what countries the video is viewable in:
<media:restriction type='country' relationship='allow'>PR GU VI US UM AS MP</media:restriction>
Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? djusa 1/10/12 7:13 AM
Ah yes. I do see that now. And it seems that a video without the restriction will not even have the line: <media:restriction type='country' ... So then I know it is worldwide. Thanks! 

Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? labmix.de 7/21/12 6:27 PM
I had the same problem and thought it might be helpful for non-technical users to find it out an easier way. I created this online tool, where you just paste the Video URL and get detailed information about the restrictions (including a map).

http://tools.labmix.de/youtube-restrictions/

Feedback is welcome ;) Feel free to share that link.

Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? Alex Player 2/26/13 10:47 AM
This is great.
Do you have or know of any simple ways to check other restrictions, such as if its not embedable, or must run in youtube, of not mobile devies ?
Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? labmix.de 3/5/13 7:22 AM
I am glad, that it helps. You can see, whether it is embeddable below the map of restrictions. I will try to make it more visible and add other attributes (mobile , etc), when I have time to do that. Thanks for the info.
Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? C Z 4/18/13 12:41 PM
Great tool!  Is there any updates? Mobile, etc?

Also it doesn't work correctly, as for example i am in the U.S, and when i insert a link it says "This video is restricted by the requester's country or region. Details are listed below."  In this case its only Germany. But it still doesn't play for U.S.  In the example, shouldn't it also include the U.S?  Can you fix this?  
Thanks

Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? labmix.de 4/22/13 11:14 AM
The Tools just returns the data that YouTube provides. Can you please send me a video link, where you think it is not working correctly? That would help me to figure out, whether there is a problem with the tool.
Re: How to determine territory restrictions of a YouTube video? C Z 4/27/13 11:00 AM
Hello,

First of all thank you for your quick reply.

As to answer your question, i did figure out how to use your tool, i just look for results that are "highlighted in green", this tells me that the YouTube video link will properly embed and show up in my site.

As for a Request, do you think you can insert a "bulk check" feature?  Say for example around 20 checks at a time?   This would be very useful since this will save a lot of time from just manually going back and forth between copying  and pasting (one link) and checking to see if the link is embeddable.

Thank you