One of our favorite YouTube clients for Windows Phone goes by the name of Tubecast. Besides being a full-featured, beautifully designed YouTube app for managing and playing videos, it can also DLNA and Airplay stream content to your TV at the touch of a button.
Version 2.9.8 of the app brings some significant viewing improvements, including some ultra-high resolution support! Best part, there are no audio de-synchronizations.
- Cast QHD Full HD & 60fps to DLNA devices
- Preload QHD, Full HD & 60fps videos
- Channel Menu: New design (Windows 10 style) with smooth animation.
- Thomson TV & Android TV added to Tubecast list
- Bug fixes
Support for QHD is the good news. The bad news is playing such videos – even on a Lumia 1520 – taxes the system so much that videos are a bit choppy. Still, they do play and in theory, you can even 'cast them to your TV as well.
Full HD (1080p) videos at 60 FPS though look fantastic and perform well.
Of course, if QHD can slow down a Lumia 1520, Windows Phone with 512 MB of RAM are obviously out of the question. Yes, you can use this app on those phones, but do not expect to run content at Full HD and 60 fps on them.
Finally, the new menu system for those logged in is very fancy and elegant. Overall, this is a fantastic update and we cannot wait to see what comes in 2015 (cough, Windows 8.1 Tubecast app, cough).
Make sure to check out our tutorial and demo of how 'casting works on Tubecast!
- Download Tubecast for Windows Phone 8.1 (Free, $1.99 to unlock 'casting)
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the 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 watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. 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.