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Why should iOS and Android devices have all the Chromecast fun? Windows Phone owners can check out Tube Cast, a bare-bones app to stream YouTube videos to a Chromecast that shows potential.

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Now that the Google Chromecast SDK is official, the third-party apps are starting to flow. One of the latest is actually for Windows Phone users: Tube Cast is a free app that can stream YouTube videos to a Chromecast over Wi-Fi.

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The software is a bit bare-bones when compared to the native Chromecast support in YouTube for Android or iOS. For now, you can only search for YouTube videos in Tube Cast and start playback. There aren’t yet any controls to pause or stop the video, so you’ll have to wait until the end of a vid to view another on your TV.

Some reviewers have noticed Tube Cast can’t find their Chromecast devices on the same network, but temporarily disabling the phone’s mobile broadband connection seems to fix that issue for now.

Clearly, there’s more work to be done on Tube Cast but it’s a step in the right direction for two reasons. First, I haven’t seen yet any other Chromecast apps for Microsoft Windows Phone. Why should Android and iOS have all the fun?

Second, Microsoft and Google have been squabbling over an official YouTube app for Windows Phone since last summer. More third-party apps to view YouTube on Windows Phone is a poor substitute for an official app, but options such as Tube Cast are good to see.

Update: This post was updated at 11:41am PT to correct the app name.

  1. When searching the WP Marketplace, it’s “Tube Cast” (two words). you will not get a hit on TubeCast.

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    1. Thanks for catching that! I updated the post to correct the app name and I put a direct link to it in the Windows Phone store as well.

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  2. Still doesn’t work on my Windows Phone. The app doesn’t see the two Chromecast devices attached to my network. The phone is on the same wifi network. Not sure what is going on but I am hoping that any new updates will fix it.

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    1. Did you try to disable your mobile broadband radio? You shoudn’t have to, I know, but some have reported that solves the Wi-Fi connectivity issue.

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  3. rob vermeulen Monday, May 12, 2014

    Very good 😊

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