YouTube in WMC

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th3luk3st3r

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YouTube in WMC

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Post by th3luk3st3r » Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:04 am

Hi there fellow TGB'ers!

As you may know, it's possible to use the YouTube on TV (youtube.com/tv) Smart TV Web App version of YouTube by modifying the browser user agent (as was noted here https://www.thegreenbutton.tv/forums/vi ... php?t=9736).

While the most common methods such as creating a batch script or adding arguments to a shortcut can work, I've found them to be unreliable for a variety of reasons.

I was so sick of the issues I was experiencing that I created my own application for YouTube on TV to solve the issues I was having, because ... well ... why not? ;)

The application must be added to the WMC start screen using whatever tool you prefer, but once added it works extremely well considering.

So far YouTubeWMC enables:
  • A Full-Screen YouTube Experience
  • Proper Remote Control Navigation
  • Native RC6 Back Button Support on Windows 10
  • Hidden Mouse Pointer
Play and Pause may work correctly if you are running Windows 10, however as these are not capturable by the application I can't get them working on Windows 7 at all and instead the "center" or "OK" button must be used.
Important: If you are running Windows 7, you will also need to use a tool such as the AdvancedMCERemoteMapper to remap the "Back" button to the "Backspace" command.

Installation:
  • Ensure you have .NET Framework 4.5.2 installed
  • Right click and "Unblock" the .ZIP before extracting
  • copy the contents of the .ZIP to a static location (I generally use C:\Program Files\Windows Media Center Apps\YouTubeWMC)
  • Add YouTubeWMC.exe to the WMC start screen through whatever tool you prefer (MC Studio, etc)
Enjoy! :)
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Post by StinkyImp » Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:29 am

Oooops? :think:

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Post by th3luk3st3r » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:18 pm

StinkyImp wrote:
Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:29 am
Oooops? :think:

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Oooops indeed! Forgot to make the repo public :D

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Post by aquadextrous » Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:15 pm

Wow, wow, wow. It works and it works REALLY well. Absolute amazing job! A million thanks :)

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Post by th3luk3st3r » Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:12 am

aquadextrous wrote:
Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:15 pm
Wow, wow, wow. It works and it works REALLY well. Absolute amazing job! A million thanks :)
Thanks for the feedback, glad to hear it's working well for you :)

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Post by DavidinCT » Mon Apr 11, 2022 12:58 am

Hmmmm....going to give this a shot, I know it's been a while but, I could use something on WMC to do this....
-Dave
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Windows Media Center certified and WMC MVP 2010 - 2012

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