Macrotube: YouTube for Windows Media Center

The HowtoGeek just highlighted a new Windows Media Center plugin called MacroTube, whose 0.8 beta launched in March. The plugin is designed to let you watch YouTube and other Internet videos within Media Center – and it even works on extenders! After installing the plugin via the wizard, you can launch MacroTube in WMC where you’ll find videos from YouTube, Dailymotion and MSN Soapbox (which should actually be called Bing videos now).

You can browse videos by subject or category or you can use the included search feature to search for videos by keyword. Search works via remote, too. After your results display on the screen, you can further drill down by date, ratings, views and relevance.

The project is still in beta, but is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Plus, if you head over to the GreenButton forums where it was discovered, you’ll see developers are pitching in with suggestions and additional features. For example, on this post, there are SkyDrive-hosted files for adding Onion News and News of the Absurd podcasts to the app.

You can grab the beta download itself from here.

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