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Tubecast is now a Universal App for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone

Tubecast for Windows Phone is one of our top YouTube apps. But not only can it handle various levels of playback quality it can also 'cast your videos from your phone to your Xbox One, DLNA device, Chromecast or Apple TV (and soon Roku). That feature is super handy when you want to share a video with the room and not have to type on the TV.

Today, we are super excited to announce that the Windows 8.1 version of the app is now live in the Windows Store!

The developer behind the app, Stephane, tells us he spent "5 months doing the migration from Silverlight to WinRT, was not easy at all" to make it a universal app. Now that the job is done though, things are smooth sailing. Heck, it is even Windows 10-ready.

Tubecast Universal for Windows 8.1

  • Cast video to your DLNA device (Smart TV, XBOXOne/360, XBMC) 
  • Cast online and downloaded Youtube videos 
  • Chromecast (total control Volume and seek) 
  • Airplay Apple TV  
  • New 4k(2160p) videos 
  • QHD(1440p) Full HD (1080p) SD (480p) 60fps 
  • Download Youtube videos on your MyDocuments/Videos folder 
  • Login to your Youtube account and use all the features (subscribe, watch later, history, my videos, subscribers...) 
  • Live tile  
  • Windows 10 ready (windowed mode) 

I have been toying with the Windows 8.1 version on my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 for the last hour, and it feels just like the phone version, which is fantastic. The orientation of the top bar is certainly unique, and I have not run into any dealbreakers yet with the app. Being brand new to Windows 8.1, there may be a few bugs out the gate, so make sure you report them if you find them.

Demo: How to stream YouTube videos from Windows Phone to the Xbox One using Tubecast

Fan of the Windows Phone version of Tubecast? Expect an update next week to add support for 4K and Roku! Windows Central will, of course, tell you when that goes live.

Finally, there is pricing for this app. The app is technically free to use as a standalone YouTube player. However, if you want to use the casting feature, you get 20 free casts to use, after which you need to pay $1.99 to unlock them on Windows 8.1. If, however, you have already paid more than $2 in the Windows Phone app, you should carry over to the Windows 8.1 version for free. Other price ranges for new users are universal for $2.99 and up, meaning if you choose that level (or higher) you unlock unlimited casts for Windows and Windows Phone.

Tubecast looks to be a fantastic choice for those needing a good, dedicated YouTube app that can handle every custom feature you can think of and more. If you have a Surface, 8-inch tablet, or even your PC, give the app a shot and let us know what you think!

Download Tubecast for Windows 8.1 (opens in new tab) (Free, optional in-app purchase)

Download Tubecast for Windows Phone 8.1 (Free, optional in-app purchase)

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Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

118 Comments
  • Yay for universal apps
  • What happened to the mytube universal app which was released? but never showed up on Windows 8.1.
  • I've been wondering the same thing.
  • There was an article a little while ago about it. Apparently the MS store reps wouldn't publish it because there are already too many YouTube apps on there.
  • Oh but they allow a ton of junk web wrappers on there! If that *IS* true then they need to get their act together.
  • That's what I think.
  • I saw that hidden in the store the other day.
  • Since it's universal and code has been migrated doesn't it mean the WP8.1 should have been updated as well? It's still says 1-11-2015 last update.
  • Not at all. They share the same codebase, but they are still two separate app builds. Devs still need compile two apps and submit both at the same time to the different Stores to make it look like "one app". They could, however, just update one or the other. Eventually, Microsoft wants it so you build one APPX but the Store will handle versions for Mobile/Desktop. "Universal apps" in 8.1 are more for developers, as they can use upwards of 90% of the same code for both apps. To the consumer, you see there's one app experience but you are technically installing two separate apps.
  • Tubecast pro w8.1 is free!
  • free but casting vidoes is limited only 20 videos, for unlimited need to buy
  • I see, good then! I hope Microsoft will have this from the very start with Windows10.
    I suppose this is one of the aspects why dev's are reluctant towards windows phone.
  • Is Microsoft planning on having the "build one App" strategy ready by Win 10? I was hoping that's what Universal Apps meant all along. Kinda disappointed that's not what's happening now. That will be huge if WP can piggyback off Windows and Xbox Apps.
  • Have to wait until Build in April to find out.
  • I attended a coding session on this. Yes. You will have one code base and conditionally check if things like 'hardware buttons' are available (just an example) to know if the person running the app is on, say a phone, for instance. One app gets sent to the store.
  • I think its the other way around though. It would be huge if Windows and Xbox can piggyback off of WP, at least for now. Eventually if MS can get Win 7 pc users to convert to 10; the pc store will be a lot more attractive to publish for and could be the driving force for store development. As of now, windows phone has the better catalog.
  • Maybe thsi will be a stupid question, but i want to ask, the current version of Tubecast for Windows Phone, is Silverlight or WinRT code?
  • Read, read.....WinRT
  • I read, but it says for the Windows 8.1 app that is ported from silverlight to winRT, not WP8.1, cuz it said that the WP version will be updated next week, so that confused me a bit. Anyway, thanks for your answer :)
  • The WP app, according to the article is currently Silverlight. Not sure if it will be changing to WinRT or not when it gets updated, guess we will find out.
  • No, no... current WP app is Silverlight.
  • Thank you Benny, that was the answer i was looking for. Cheers brother :)
  • Yes!! I love this app!
  • Wow! I just gasped upon seeing the headline. An amazing app.
  • The connection error still bugs me, cause my internet is Fast!
  • Blame Google! Usually other YouTube app experiencing the same issue as well at the same time.
  • True, if its mytube or tubecast, errors are on the same video, even tho some play for 20 sec. Before it hits an error
  • This Universal App initiative is Microsoft canon to win back its groove. I'm lovin' it let me tell ya!
  • Hey guys tell me the best YouTube downloader app for free
  • Oh GOD..!
  • You can download YouTube videos using uc browser on windows phone and on Pc you can use hyper tube
  • YouTube downloader app, duhh :D
  • Stop using these shit apps to download YouTube videos. Just put ss between www. And youtube in the link of the video. And you will be redirected to the download section (in the browser of course)
  • Mytube! It saves videos to your SD card or internal storage.
  • Mytube is love.
  • How can this be accepted in the Store? myTube was rejected from the Store because it was a YouTube app, according to developer.
  • It was rejected because there's another app in the window store called MyTube (an app about the London subway lines I believe) ...
  • That is correct.
  • Window Store?
  • Awesome! My favourite YouTube app.
  • "5 months doing the migration from Silverlight to WinRT, was not easy at all" - This is something that needs to be addressed. This is one of the reasons why some older apps from the WP7 days either never got updated or got pulled from the store. They know that Silverlight is being killed off. Combined with little change in market share over the past 4 1/2 years, many developers don't want to bother.
  • WP7 with Silverlight were too limited. That's why the porting process is painful since you have to rearchitect both the base code and UI. Although, the UI is still XAML, there are many new capabilities in Windows 8.1 and WP8.1 which will carry on to Windows 10. The transition to Windows 10 from 8.1 is much painless. Even though Universal App is present in Windows 8.1, it will be much improved in Windows 10 with new programming capabilities we'll see in Visual Studio 2015. I can't wait for Build Conference.
  • I agree, but the issue here is with some of those old apps like IMDB and others and some of the old banking apps that worked with WP7. They had an app but there was never any incentive to update them due to a low number of people using them compared to iOS or Android. It would probably be easier to write a new app from scratch but if there is a tool that made the conversion process painless, it may have been done.
  • I'm a Windows developer first and foremost, although I have done some Android and iOS developments, I can tell you from my own experience that it is much easier to develop on the Windows platform. Nothing beats Visual Studio and the .Net Framework for fast development. But you just mentioned something there. WP does not have the user base the other platforms do. Therefore, it is hard for a company with the size of those banks to allocate personnel to develop for a platform with so limited user base. Now, with Windows 10, things might change. Being free for all and later, possibly running on 1.5 billion PC’s, tablets, Phones, IoT’s, and Xbox. The Universal App architecture will be no brainer for targeting WP. We just have to wait and see…
  • I agree completely about Windows 10 potentially changing things for the better and I'm in full support of Microsoft's efforts. However, I do feel that the switch from Silverlight to RT is at least part of the reason why the banks and others didn't want to update or maintain their app. If they already had an app and it would have taken minimal effort to convert/update it, there is a good chance they would have done so instead of pulling the app. Anyway, like you said, we just have to wait and see now. Let's hope for the best.
  • Makes you wonder if the reason all these current apps are being pulled and 'discontinued' is because of this. My hope is that the developers are all (fingers crossed) migrating to WinRT code for Universal Apps and Windows 10 and will be re-releasing them at launch.  It would be great to see these apps return with Windows 10's release this summer. 5 months is a bit crazy though, hopefully they will announce something to help this at BUILD.
  • myTube doesn't have a Windows Store version because he was told "too many YouTube apps already" yet Tubecast gets through. No fair :(
  • First I'd heard he was denied... I thought he was still developing it?? Like, as on now. I know you have to manually install the beta.
  • Incorrect. Look above, he was denied because there is already an app called MyTube in the Windows Store. He had full opportunity to reserve the app name since even before Windows 8 came out, but he didn't.
  • The above poster is also incorrect there WAS an issue with the name. That has since been resolved. Since then mytube was rejected due to too many YouTube apps, according to the Dev.
  • Finally! I had had nothing but bad experiences with every YouTube app on Windows 8.1..
  • I'm a big fan of "Touche for Youtube". Works great with mouse/keyboard but especially well with a touchscreen. Very simple/clean UI, definitely recommend.
  • Nice! Can't wait for MyTube on RT as well. :/
  • This app so awesome !!
  • my new tablet app!
  • I was hoping so, but it just says "network error" on launch
  • Goodbye Hyper
  • Haha indeed. I will get home and test this, if all works out well then no more Hyper, even though that app is very well built
  • I'm very pleased with Tubecast so far. Much more convenient to use.
  • This^^^ mines have sucked..
  • Yeah, but hyper is still a solid alternative! Giving tubecast a test drive to see if I should make it my default
  • Selling points of Hyper. Able to preload videos, play them in a small window while you're searching for other videos, play them in the background, DLNA, pin channels on start screen. Tubecast does all that and much better too. The UI is amazing and very helpful. I've been using Hyper for ages and I'm now buying Tubecast cause it is THAT good. I'm not even going to wait for Metrotube anymore.
  • I know this is not the right thread to comment on guys but I really need help..... My Microsoft band's keyboard doesn't connect at all, nor does the Cortana tile doesn't respond to anything, nor does my pre-typed response texts does not go thru at all.... So anything that has to do with messaging doesn't work. I'm on Lumia denim on 1520 and seriously need help, it seems this band is worthless if it doesn't do anything its supposed to. Please help, anyone! Daniel, anyone. Sorry for the rant guys.
  • Go to Forum section and ask, people there will be more than willing to help out.
  • Would have like to see it more closely resemble the WP app
  • Questions?: This is just a Windows & WindowsPhone app right? It's not available to any other platforms right? And don't plan on going over to other OS's?
  • Wow. Was waiting for This. Delete Metrotube because never in Dutch. Tubecast is in Dutch.
  • I think you are the only dutch guy I see that complains because he doesn't want to use English. Mind blowing fact for the Netherlands!
  • Don't think then.
  • Wait, I thought the Windows version of myTube! was denied from being added to the Windows Store due to there being too many YouTube apps, according to the developer. I'm sure this is a fantastic app, but I want mTube! on my Surface, damnit! For now, I'll keep using Hyper.
  • Any word on MetroTube becoming a universal app?
  • fantastic =)
  • Wow. Universal apps are already gaining quite an amount of traction.
  • They should release this app for the Xbox One as well!!
  • When Windows 10 comes to the Xbox One, that is a possibility. For now, it is not possible for indie devs to do this without dropping like $100k.
  • Yes it is. Not for a YouTube app, but if you wanted to create a WindowsCentral app you could do so for, pretty much free.
  • Great! Tubecast might replace youtube itself on my PC when W10 is out! I love it on my phone :D 
  • I hope so..
  • So how do you download videos or audio? Dont see that option, unless its a paid only option.
  • Swipe up, tap 'preload' to the right.
  • Thanks, saw that but saying "preload" seemed to suggest just queuing up the video. I'll give it a shot.
  • Aside from Tube cast On MyTybe you can also just play the audio without needing download it,moreover u can switch between the running apps and even lock your phone without interupting the sound play.Fruthermore after u unlock your phone back,in the top of the the display will pop up same option as if u play normal audio file from your phone which means u can pause it,see name of the track and so on ,same way as for normal audio from the drive, while tubecast howevver much i like more its design, can not do none of those. 
  • Beautiful news
  • Best YouTube app ever
  • Excellent! Already used it on phone and it's the best. Now that's on desktop, this is even better than the famous Hyper for YouTube :D
  • This is FANTASTIC!!!!
  • What about the ones that actually bought Tubecast PRO. Is that going to be Universal too? =(
  • If you installed it from beta store I know that it doesn't see the subscription so to speak.
    Install it again from green store.
  • Nice! Goodbye hyper tube on my surface. Live tubecast on my phone. Great XB1 cast integration.
  • Excellent app..!
  • Downloaded an now its my default youtube app 
  • Yep mines too
  • This I really like.  Thanks Tubecast devs. Great app.
  • Yes! I've been wanting for this for awhile, Tubecast is by far my favorite YouTube app!
  • I thought it was already there...i have using it since I installed 9926...
  • Thanks now google can fuck off.
  • Yeah!
  • Been using the TubeCast Pro paid version on the Windows Phone for some time now and is great, just installed and paid for Windows version also however is not showing as universal! is a seperate app altogether and had to pay again to unlock. Only few major issues which has been annoying for some time and have reported these without any solution so far though they have replied number of times: It does not show various areas that do on other devices/apps, for example it only shows Liked Videos only from the same device and TubeCast app! they said I need to make my Likes public which I don't in other apps and prefer to keep them private so this is still ongoing Management of various areas is necessary which is currently missing, including playlists True universal app would be great that replicates everything including settings over to the Windows/Windows Phone side Only shows limited amount of feeds on main screen, it be ideal to have option for adding more as you scroll down If anyone knows answer to any of the above in case I'm missing something it would be much appreciated however with most other apps out of the box these are standard except for being universal. However all that said; this is great app hence why I will continue to use it unless there is something better that offers all of above and streaming options to DLNA/Apple TV and etc... like TubeCast.
  • M$ will buy it!
  • Yes! This is my favorite 3rd party YouTube app. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • The most beautiful app I have seen either on WP either on Windows!!! Well done!!!
  • Guess you haven't seen myTube ;)
  • Tubecast is superior my friend.
  • I have seen it actually...
  • This is very nice, no doubt about it.  But I'll be more convinced when I see new developers building universal apps, not just current devs.
  • Just downloaded,, I'm pretty impressed
  • The only thing that I dislike about this app is that I can't comment in comments or at least I haven't been able.
  • Carrying is great. I wish this was built into Windows phone as it is in apple devices. E.g.airplay
  • "soon roku" made me very happy. Great news
  • Can you cast from Windows phone tubecast to Windows 8 tubecast?
  • I hate that Youtube apps that are web wrappers get more popular in the Windows store than true Youtube apps.
  • Universal version of this app can be downloaded in wp 8.1? just asking because I have wp10 TP
  • Wow! I mean Wow!! Probably the best written application I have seen on Windows phone. These folk know hope to wrote great stuff. Just one question before this becomes my favorite app where does it download content to? I can't find downloaded videos anywhere on my phone? ​
  • Running on win10 perfectly :D
  • Has anyone done a comparison between these third party apps with the official YouTube app?
  • That's pretty great, but I'm gonna stick to MyTube for the time being, and hold out on a desktop version.
  • Aside from Tube cast On MyTybe you can also just play the audio without needing download it,moreover u can switch between the running apps and even lock your phone without interupting the play.Fruthermore after u unlock your phone back,in the top of the the display will pop up same option as if u play normal audio file from your phone which means u can pause it,see name of the track and so on ,same way as for normal audio from the drive, while tubecast howevver much i like more its design, can not do none of those. 
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