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Watch YouTube in Windows 7 Media Center

Have you been looking for a way to watch your favorite viral videos from YouTube and Dailymotion from the couch? Today we take a look at an easy to use plugin which allows you to watch streaming video in Windows 7 Media Center.

Install Macrotube

The first thing we need to do is download and install the plugin called Macrotube (link below) following the defaults through the install wizard.

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After it’s installed, open Windows 7 Media Center and you’ll find Macrotube in the main menu.

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Currently there are three services available…YouTube, Dailymotion, and MSN Soapbox. Just select the service where you want to check out some videos.

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You can browse through different subjects or categories…

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Or you can search the the service by typing in what you’re looking for…with your remote or keyboard.

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There is the ability to drill down you search content by date, rating, views, and relevance.

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There are a few settings available such as the language beta, auto updates, and appearance.

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Now just kick back and browse through the different services and watch what you want from the comfort of your couch or on your computer.

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Conclusion

This neat project is still in development and the developer is continuing to add changes through updates. It only works with Windows 7 Media Player, but there is a 32 & 64-bit version. Sometimes we experiences certain videos that wouldn’t play and it did crash a few times, but that is to be expected with a work in progress. But overall, this is a cool plugin that will allow you to watch your favorite online content from WMC.

Download Macrotube and get more details and troubleshooting help fro the GreenButton forum

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/19/10

Comments (5)

  1. soufian

    thanks your

  2. Michael

    Could not download macrotube after signing up. Was this for the purpose of getting someone to signup for paid profit for you, but nothing for me. I am seeing alot of this type of deception on the internet.

  3. kuldeep@revolutioners

    can’t play anything.. it keeps saying.. technical difficulty while playing.. wastage of time..

  4. Ashley

    Macrotube used to work great, but now fails to show any videos (I think somethings changed in Windows or Youtube etc). Don’t bother downloading.

  5. Reijndert

    Looks great, but doesnt work (anymore)

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