Tutorial [Tutorial] How to run YouTube videos through the WiiU browser (after dropped support)

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The Wii U's web browser is old and hasn't been updated for a long time, so i suppose it's a security concern for Google, i guess...

It has nothing to do with that, Youtube has always been updating their design and scripts to latest web standards.

The Wii U's WebKit engine simply can't render the new design and can't execute the Javascript (same reason why reCaptcha no longer works on the Wii U Browser.)
 

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It has nothing to do with that, Youtube has always been updating their design and scripts to latest web standards.

The Wii U's WebKit engine simply can't render the new design and can't execute the Javascript (same reason why reCaptcha no longer works on the Wii U Browser.)
But the core function is still there, and still works.
 

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But the core function is still there, and still works.
The mobile design works, yes. Because it's designed to be lightweight and for fallback support. One day however it will also be updated to latest web-standards which will break that too.

If you're talking about videoplayback, it still works too because it has fallback (up to 720p) for just embedded mp4 files with both video and audio stream in the same container.

Anything higher than 720p on Youtube uses Dash, which the Wii U Browser does not support.
 
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The mobile design works, yes. Because it's designed to be lightweight and for fallback support. One day however it will also be updated to latest web-standards which will break that too.

If you're talking about videoplayback, it still works too because it has fallback (up to 720p) for just embedded mp4 files with both video and audio stream in the same container.

Anything higher than 720p on Youtube uses Dash, which the Wii U Browser does not support.

I was wondering why my Wii U videos never played in 1080p, only 720p and the Wii U obviously supports video 1080p...
 

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I was wondering why my Wii U videos never played in 1080p, only 720p and the Wii U obviously supports video 1080p...
The Wii U Browser Videoplayer can even decode 1080p60FPS videos smoothly if the bitrate is not too high, I have tested that with a local media server, which is really impressive for such a system.

I really wish the Browser got more love by Nintendo.
 
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The ''YT Mobile & Android user agent'' method did not work for me, when I try to load the video it gives error.

I haven't tested the other two methods yet.
 

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The ''YT Mobile & Android user agent'' method did not work for me, when I try to load the video it gives error.

I haven't tested the other two methods yet.
You need to reload the page after you set the user agent.
Be sure you refresh it afterwards, else it remains with the setting from the previous user agent.

I get the same if I load the video page or Youtube first with the default user agent, and then change it without refreshing the video link.

To be sure the video is loading with the proper agent, check that the video area has a blue box with "HQ" in it at the bottom left corner.
 
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Even though I don't own a Wii U, I love seeing workarounds like this. Restoring this kind of legacy functionality to services can make older consoles feel so much more alive, and less claustrophobic, less thinking "I just can't do that anymore on here." I tip my hat to you, good sir.
 

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This whole thing with YouTube support is so ridiculous imo.

YouTube is a website that shows (displays) video files.
Why on earth any app needs to be supported to simply
"port" video content through the app.

Support or not its a simple website-video-player basically.
It would be like...i cant play my video clip on my phone that i made with
same phone because android is no longer supported.

I have a printer and scanner 2 in 1, and if i take out cartridges from the slot
or if they are empty, i cant scan a file........scanner is not supported 'cause
i got no ink.....imagine that!!! They are "not" forcing me to but new cartridges at all!!!





I feel like they intentionally block certain devices and app versions so they can
control it better who gets what and when.

In my view, there is no reason on earth why app wouldn't be supported.
I use some 3rd partie YouTube apps that i haven't updated in a while now,
and it can still host videos from YouTube just fine, while YT official app basically forces me to update...

As for Wii U...can't people (devs) just...make a home-brew YouTube app
or port new pipe or whatever to a Wii U, or am i missing something?​
 
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As for Wii U...can't people (devs) just...make a home-brew YouTube app
or port new pipe or whatever to a Wii U, or am i missing something?​

Wii U has an app for YouTube it is still officially supported.
the thing is, it has the same restrictions as other console versions, so you cannot read/write comments, browse other videos while watching one or use it while a game is suspended in background.
using it through the browser has none of these restrictions.
 
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Wii U has an app for YouTube it is still officially supported.
the thing is, it has the same restrictions as other console versions, so you cannot read/write comments, browse other videos while watching one or use it while a game is suspended in background.
using it through the browser has none of these restrictions.
The problem with the app on wii u is that it barely works anymore, you can't even open it. Maybe you can but I don't want to wait 5 hrs just for it to open.
 
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Wii U has an app for YouTube it is still officially supported.
the thing is, it has the same restrictions as other console versions, so you cannot read/write comments, browse other videos while watching one or use it while a game is suspended in background.
using it through the browser has none of these restrictions.
I don't know about the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions, but on PS4 it is possible to open YouTube without having to close any game or other application (the same for the Netflix app), it is very practical when you are stuck in a puzzle or want to to know how to platinize a game but you don’t have a cell phone nearby, just go to YouTube and go back to the game.

Using the Youtube app on Wii U you cannot open another game without having to close the app first, but using the Browser it was possible to access Youtube without having to close the game, including I used it a lot with Zelda Twilight Princess HD when it was stuck in some dungeon.

In addition, the YouTube app for the Wii U is horrible, extremely slow and crashes easily, ironically the best option was to use the browser, It's funny that it wasn't always like that, I remember there was a time when the YouTube App for the Wii U was as fast and practical as the PS4.
 
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I don't know about the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions, but on PS4 it is possible to open YouTube without having to close any game or other application (the same for the Netflix app), it is very practical when you are stuck in a puzzle or want to to know how to platinize a game but you don’t have a cell phone nearby, just go to YouTube and go back to the game.

Using the Youtube app on Wii U you cannot open another game without having to close the app first, but using the Browser it was possible to access Youtube without having to close the game, including I used it a lot with Zelda Twilight Princess HD when it was stuck in some dungeon.

In addition, the YouTube app for the Wii U is horrible, extremely slow and crashes easily, ironically the best option was to use the browser, It's funny that it wasn't always like that, I remember there was a time when the YouTube App for the Wii U was as fast and practical as the PS4.
I miss the times when the wii u version was fast, I miss my browsing history there the most.
 
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I am still able to watch youtube videos just fine through the app, it even show me all the latest videos on my subscriptions. I'm still waiting for them to cut the connection or whatever they're doing, but its been almost a month and still nothing. I'm beginning to wonder if it'll happen at all? guess I'm fourtnate.
 

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I am still able to watch youtube videos just fine through the app, it even show me all the latest videos on my subscriptions. I'm still waiting for them to cut the connection or whatever they're doing, but its been almost a month and still nothing. I'm beginning to wonder if it'll happen at all? guess I'm fourtnate.
I believe they're rolling out the discontinuation, so maybe where you live it hasn't been discontinued yet. Either that or maybe you got some-kind of error where it'll stay on your thing for longer?
 

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I am still able to watch youtube videos just fine through the app, it even show me all the latest videos on my subscriptions. I'm still waiting for them to cut the connection or whatever they're doing, but its been almost a month and still nothing. I'm beginning to wonder if it'll happen at all? guess I'm fourtnate.
It's being rolled out sporadically, not all at once.
Some are still able to load it normally on the browser without changing the user agent, but to many of us, the Wii U default user agent doesn't even load the videos nor the video lists.
 

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It's being rolled out sporadically, not all at once.
Some are still able to load it normally on the browser without changing the user agent, but to many of us, the Wii U default user agent doesn't even load the videos nor the video lists.
Yeah for me it just loads up a page with some stuff on the side and middle with not much else. Any videos with the wii u agent have to be loaded through something like pikipedia's showcase videos. (The first thing that came to mind) I wonder where it can still be used though.
 
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Yeah for me it just loads up a page with some stuff on the side and middle with not much else. Any videos with the wii u agent have to be loaded through something like pikipedia's showcase videos. (The first thing that came to mind) I wonder where it can still be used though.
Yep same for me.
Just a blank list and that's all.
Though, embed videos do play with the WiiU agent,

What's Pikipedia?
 
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