With modern cellular-phone internet capabilities, browsing the mobile web is, in many ways, identical to browsing the web on a desktop computer or laptop. There are only a few significant differences between the two operating systems. Depending on which website you choose to visit on a Windows Mobile OS, certain applications and video plug-ins may be required. Even so, with a little patience and some clever “keyword” searches through Google,all of these applications and plug-ins can be found and downloaded.
Watching Youtube videos on a Windows Mobile device is a relatively simple task once you have downloaded the necessary components. But locating these components is not so simple of a task. This article will save you a lot of time.
When Internet Explorer on your phone is opened, and you navigate via Google or URL address bar to the Youtube website, it appears to be fully functiuonal. The user is able to perform “keyword” searches to locate videos and is able to browse through the random videos shown on the initial page. But the problem arises when the user attempts to play or download a selected video. Once you have highlighted and pressed play, nothing happens. There is no available media player with Windows Mobile which is capable of playing or supporting these types of files(flash video files). Windows Media Player does not support them.
The first application you will need to download is the mobile version of Youtube. The file name is ‘Skunkworks FlashVideoBundle.cab. This application will give you mobile access to Youtube, Google Video, Dailymotion video, Megavideo, and a handfull of other mobile video sites. These other sites may require additional software applications and/or plug-ins in order to function.
Once you have the mobile version of Youtube downloaded, you will still require a compatible media player in order to view video content, as well as a flash video plug-in. The required media player is the ‘Core TCPMP Player’, and it’s file name is TCPMP.SMARTPHONE.0.72RC1.cab. The file name for the flash video plug-in is TCPMPflvplugin-v0.4.2.cab. These files are dificult to locate and execute by performing a simple Google search and choosing a download site. There are many sites which offer these downloadable files, but many will not actually allow you to download them due to mobile technology restrictions and function technicalities.
The following is a step-by-step method of accomplishing a complete download and installation of all these required components.
1.) With Internet Explorer, navigate to the website: picard.exceed.u/tcpmp/test. The initial page will offer .zip, .cab and .exe file downloads for a number of different mobile devices. Scroll down the page to the files located under the title “Windows Mobile Cab”. Highlight and select the file ‘ tcpmp.smartphone.0.72RC1.cab’. Your phone will then prompt you to download the selected file; choose “yes”. This file will then automatically download and install itself onto your device under the default location “my documents.
2.) With Internet Explorer, navigate to the website: sourceforge.net/. Underneath the ‘Table of contents’ icon, select “+sourcforge.net”. On the next page, scroll down to the search box and type in “tcpmpflvplugin” and press the search button. This search will produce one result called “tcpmp plugin for flash video on ppc”; highlight this phrase and select it. On the next page, scroll down to the picture of the arrow entitled “tcpmpflvplugin”; highlight and select it. On the following page, scroll down to ‘tcpmpflvplugin-v0.4.2.cab’; highlight and select it. At this point, your phone will then prompt you to down load the selected file; choose “yes”. This file will then automatically download and install itself onto your device under the default location “my documents.
3.)With Internet Explorer, navigate to the website: 4shared.com/. On the initial screen, scroll down to the search box, type in “skunkworks flashvideobundle” and press the search button. On the screen which appears, scroll down to ‘skunkworks flashvideobundle_v1.2.cab’, highlight and select it. On the following page, scroll down to ‘skunkworks flashvideobundle_v1.2.cab”, and directly underneath it, highlight and select the phrase “download now no virus detected”. On the next page, scroll down to the phrase “click here to to download this file”; highlight and select it. Your phone will then prompt you to download the selected file; choose “yes”. This file will then automatically download and install itself onto your device under the default location “my documents.
If you have followed all of these download instructions in detail, and have now fully installed the ‘TCPMP Core Media Player’, the ‘TCPMP Flash Video Plug-in’ and the ‘Skunworks FlashVideoBundle’, you now have the full capability to watch, download and save any video available on Youtube. To access Youtube, press the start button on your device’s homescreen, scroll down to the icon ‘e Video Site’, highlight and select it. Once you have opened this application, highlight and select the Youtube icon; this will connect you directly to the mobile Youtube website. Now all you have to do is select a video to watch, highlight the title or picture, and select it. This will open up a small window listing three options; “Play, Save, Linked Page”. Choose the “Play” option and this will automatically open up the Core TCPMP Media Player. Use the player’s menu options to initiate video playback. You are now watching Youtube on your Windows Mobile device. Enjoy!