Jealous of the iPhone’s ability to stream YouTube videos? Now those of us with Windows Mobile phones have a way to stream YouTube videos from the real, full YouTube site.
This method does NOT use the mobile phone video sites http://m.youtube.com and TinyTube, which take videos from popular video sharing sites and encode them into a mobile phone video format.
This method requires you to use Pocket Internet Explorer to explore YouTube, Google Video, or the Veoh Video Network sites. Once you select a video, the Core Pocket Media Player will pop up and play the video. You can play any video hosted on any of those sites.
Step 1: If you have The Core Pocket Media Player installed, uninstall it now. Once your phone is free from TCPMP, download this version of TCPMP. Choose the appropriate version, Smart Phone or Pocket PC, for your phone. Install it on your phone.
Step 2: Download the Flash Video Bundle from here. Install it on the same location (memory card or phone memory) as you did the Core Pocket Media Player.
Step 3: Restart your phone.
Step 4: Watch some videos!
Not only can you watch real YouTube videos on your Windows Mobile phone, you’ve one upped the iPhone by being able to watch videos from Google Video and the Veoh Video Network as well. Also, if you’ve got 3G Internet access, now you can download and watch the videos faster than your iPhone wielding friends.
Note: I’ve tested this method on my Verizon Motorola Q. It should work with other phones/carriers, but I can not guarantee that it will work with all Windows Mobile phones. I’d like to thank the members of the Qusers and PDA Phone Home forums for sharing this with the world.
UPDATE: It appears that some of you are having trouble with this solution. YouTube has started redirecting mobile phones automatically to their mobile site, which has a much lower selection of videos and works differently than the traditional YouTube site. which is much better.
In order to get around this, type the following into pocket IE instead of the normal YouTube address: http://www.youtube.com/?nomobile=1
It keeps your phone form being automatically redirected to YouTube’s mobile site.
There has also been an update to the flash video bundle, if you’d like to download it. You can get it here.
Make sure to uninstall the old flash video bundle and install this one. Restart your phone and you should be good to go.