WDTV Tools

August 24, 2009

YouTube Support – Preview Release

Filed under: youtube — Tags: , , , , , — Elmar Weber @ 15:06

NOTE: YouTube support has been discontinued, see the corresponding article for details.

NOTE: this is a preview release, it might not work everywhere with all configurations because just minimal testing was done

NOTE: don’t use this when you have the media library enabled, your WDTV will scan forever because it searches for every keyword

It took longer than expected, but here is finally a preview release for the YouTube support for the WDTV. It has not all features I wanted for the first release and a few bugs probably remain. Here is the rundown of features:

  • supports search for videos
  • supports the Most Viewed and Top Rated videos of today, this week, this month and all time
  • supports Recently Featured videos
  • supports top rated videos in categories
  • plays back the highest available resolution, for most this is 640×480 pixels, but for newer videos this is 720p HDTV
  • use keyboard screen to enter search characters

Hints for the search: “>” means execute search and “_” is the space character.

Known issues:

  • some queries might not work because of special characters in the result’s movie titles

Search will be a little slow in the beginning because the cache on the proxy server needs to fill up first and there is also extensive logging going on to track performance issues. Expect do wait about 10 seconds for a directory listing and about 10-15 seconds before the video starts.

The release is available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/wdtvtools/files/wdtube/youtube-r249-wdtv.zip/download. As usual just extract all files to your USB stick.


  1. The first time I tried this great YouTube plugin with my WDLXTV the recent popular youtube movies worked great. As you said it takes about 20 seconds before they play. Also the time between pressing the remove and that it responds is about 5 seconds. I don’t have this with other applications.

    The I tried the search function. At first it only showed as folder letters below each other. Then I pressed the letters but couldn’t see what I typed. However in the end I have something like jason_m which gave a list of e.g. jason mraz videos but it were only a few. I tried a few and they worked.

    After a reset and power plugout I tried the searching again. This time it showed a correct keyboard. However I couldn’t use the ‘z’ for some strange reason. I saw this time letters in the top left however when I now pressed search I directly got the videoscreen with a Jason Mraz video. I didn’t got a list to choose from. When I returned and entered again I saw a different Jason Mraz movie.

    I now wanted to return and just play a certain movie on my wdtv however that couldn’t be reached anymore because when pressed video in the menu and then folder it still showed the recent youtube search Huh instead of showing my usb stick and youtube and appletrailer folders. After a reboot i could use this again.

    I hope this YouTube will get better but thank you so much for all the effords so far.

    Comment by Robin — August 28, 2009 @ 13:00

  2. Hi, i also downloaded and tried this preview. Excellent work!
    I’m having the same issues as described by Robin. Also, at the search screen, entering a search entry costs a lot of time due to the screen fade outs/ins.
    For a preview its amazing what you accomplished so far!


    Comment by Douwe — October 12, 2009 @ 13:04

  3. Hello,
    I am having some problems with this app. The keyboard appears, and I attempt to execute the search by hitting the ‘>’, however, nothing happens, and I can never return to the Folder contents menu.
    I must say that being able to stream videos from youtube (via the Top Rated, Most Viewed, … menus) is quite amazing.

    Comment by Dypek — October 19, 2009 @ 03:58

  4. Just installed this app and no luck so far, got all the menus but no video. Is it possible that my IP address does not allow access. I am in the UK? I know that when my friends in Canada send me youtube links they don’t work. If this is the case how can I change urls to make this work?

    Comment by Troy — November 10, 2009 @ 02:23

  5. When do you expect to have a fix. The YouTube application doesn’t work anymore all of a sudden. I must say I haven’t used it in a while. Other applications such as the Appletrailer do work nicely!

    I also noticed that on the wdtvforum other users also have problems.
    If you have time can you please take a look at it.

    Comment by Robin — December 4, 2009 @ 13:45

  6. I am not able to see any content on the folders, all it says is empty folder. I see others also have the same issues. But no work around so far. Please help

    using wdlxtv

    Comment by Kiran — December 7, 2009 @ 15:47

  7. Hi Elmar,

    Any possibility to have it fixed again. Does it has to do with the cache as this was the case with Apple trailer? Apple Trailer works perfectly however I still see empty folders with YouTube

    Comment by Robin — December 28, 2009 @ 13:10

  8. Youtube is my favortie site to visit aside from facebook. most of the time i watched movie trailers and music videos on it.

    Comment by Karen Hayes — February 18, 2010 @ 05:16

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