PSA - HD and HQ YouTube streaming busted for Supertube, Metrotube Windows Phone apps

HD and HQ streaming down but now out

If you’re a user of any 3rd party YouTube apps that also sport high-definition (HD) or high-quality (HQ) streaming, you may have noticed that function has stopped working recently.

Long story short is YouTube changed their access method for those streams and basically borked those apps. The changed occurred on September 14th and since Supertube and MetroTube use unorthodox methods for access (read: not officially sanctioned by YouTube), it broke on the apps’ end too, resulting in only LQ playback abilities. Interestingly, this isn't the first (nor the last) time that this has happened, as nearly a year ago, the same situation occured.

We’ve heard from the Supertube developers that a fix has already been submitted to the Windows Phone Store, meaning service will be restored when the update goes live. Although we haven’t heard from the MetroTube team, we’re just going to assume the same for them as well. That means this isn’t a permanent change but rather just a temporary glitch, so dear YouTube streamers, standby for a few days and all will return when those apps update.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • YouTuuuuuuube! *waves fist*
  • Whats the point of using HD when your resolution is 480 x 800?
  • Probably the same point as having 720p resolution on a screen the size of your hand?
  • Hahaha!
  • It looks better then low
  • @balleystein - HD and HQ quality do look way better tha LQ, it's not even the close to being the same. Audio is also better.
  • Ding ding ding winner winner lol that sums it up for ya :P
  • A friend of mine found the YouTube app missing when he got the ios 6 beta on his iPad and ended up just going to the website. The next words I heard were "oh, I could just save the website on the springboard. The ios YouTube app sucked." If all else fails, just pin the MS app (pretty much the website).
  • But you can't download from the website, and you can't choose resolution. I'm not sure, but I don't think you can play with the phone locked, which is quite annoying! Xbox Music, save us!
  • Uuhh ha!
  • I was using HQ on Metrotube last night and I didn't notice any issues at all.
  • Same here, strange.
  • Would be nice if the world would migrate away from YouTube.  Is there a YouTube alternative?
  • There is an alternative. It's called It has a superior quality to Youtube, but their design is quite poor.
    It would be great if Microsoft would buy them, redesign their site and integrate them into their eco system. What we would get would be a great alternative to YouTube. Can somebody mention that to Steve Ballmer?
  • +1 for MSFT to buy vimeo
  •, shows alot more than YouTube
  • Metrotube working fine on HQ, no issues at all.
  • So thats why my youtube app wont play. Im using Speedbit HD on ipad though.
  • Google is starting to dig a hole in the long run
  • YouTube is a monopoly that needs to be stopped. Microsoft should try their hand at making an alternative again.
  • Kind of ironic that Microsoft now has to fight a monopoly, hahaha!
  • This wouldn't be a problem if the official YouTube apps didn't suck horribly in comparison.
  • I could deal with HD being broken as I never use it but having HQ borked sucks. Thank you SuperTube devs for the quick fix. Hopefully the update is approved and pushed quickly.
  • I appreciate all the work the devs at MetroTube and SuperTube to fix their apps CONSTANTLY, because Hoogle is a bunch of duesch-bags.
  • Why can't Google play nice with windows phone and give an official YouTube app? I guess there intimidated by what MS could do to Android
  • Sick of Google. I wish they didnt buy Youtube and ruined it.
  • Same here.
  • Agreed.
  • Website working just fine
  • YouTube was great, now it has ads everywhere, it's terrible. Even the Xbox client show ads now, Google business model at its finest.
  • The only thing that really affects me about this is I have a nice YouTube player on my xbmc that I can use now.
  • Google
  • Google should stop being such a collection of male genitalias and give WP a proper youtube app :|
  • Something tells me it'll never happen :'(
  • I just tried super tube and its busted, so I tried prime tube. Its busted. The official HTC YouTube app seems unaffected. The actual YouTube non app is worthless.
  • Supertube now giving unsupported format error. Prime tube doesn't even find video when searched for. HTC YouTube just lackluster as hell.
  • Supertube 2.6 Released fixes issue of not being able to watch or download hq or hd video..