This is cool, but personally, I won’t do that, cause I trust only the official player for several reasons:
- It’s supported by Microsoft, more stable and less risky, ‘Metro tube’ using a hack to retrieve Urls of the mp4 video, it happened several times in the past that the application no longer works for days, a good way to have negative comments in your own application.
- There is a risk that the application be removed by Youtube for non-compliance with the youtube TOS
- Metro tube is a paid application, I do not want to impose this on my users.
- Other apps can use the same protocol extension and can be crappy
How to launch the official player?
For this, you only need to use the protocol extension of the official application: vnd.youtube.
So create a launcher et use the youtube video id as a parameter.
For example, the video id of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 is ‘9bZkp7q19f0′ :
Windows.System.Launcher.LaunchUriAsync( new System.Uri("vnd.youtube:9bZkp7q19f0") );