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Video Players for Other Mobile

The Video Players catalog includes software programs developed to watch online video or view video files saved... more
The Video Players catalog includes software programs developed to watch online video or view video files saved locally, such as AVI, WMV, MOV, or FLV files. Software in this category generally allows users to watch videos, create and save video playlists, and view movies in fullscreen video. Notable titles include Windows Media Player and VLC Media Player.
YouTube for Windows Mobile

YouTube for Windows Mobile
Free

YouTube for Windows Mobile

Search for and watch YouTube videos on your Windows Mobile phone.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: Google Downloads: 295,367
YouTube for Mobile (Symbian)

YouTube for Mobile (Symbian)
Free

YouTube for Mobile (Symbian)

Search for and watch YouTube videos on your mobile phone.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: Google Downloads: 381,013
MobiTV

MobiTV
Paid

MobiTV

Watch over 40 LIVE and made-for-mobile channels on your phone! ESPN, NBC, Discovery, Disney and more - wherever you are.

Paid
User rating
Publisher: MobiTV Downloads: 4,104
Online TVx Mobile

Online TVx Mobile
Free to try

Online TVx Mobile

Get instant access and watch more than 800 TV channels on your phone.

Free to try
Publisher: Emergency Soft Downloads: 20,647
Metrotube

Metrotube
Free to try

Metrotube

Browse and watch videos on this YouTube app for Windows Phone

Free to try
Publisher: Lazyworm Applications Downloads: 479
SlingPlayer (BlackBerry)

SlingPlayer (BlackBerry)
Free

SlingPlayer (BlackBerry)

Watch and control home TV and DVR via Slingbox on your BlackBerry device.

Free
User rating
Publisher: Sling Media Downloads: 36,366
PBX Telecom IPTV for QVGA Screens

PBX Telecom IPTV for QVGA Screens
Free

PBX Telecom IPTV for QVGA Screens

Watch TV at high quality via your Windows Mobile device.

Free
User rating
Publisher: Fightersoft Multimedia Downloads: 11,492
PBX Telecom IPTV

PBX Telecom IPTV
Free

PBX Telecom IPTV

Watch free TV in high quality over our own network.

Free
User rating
Publisher: Fightersoft Multimedia Downloads: 14,095
theChanner

theChanner
Free

theChanner

Watch and enjoy TV on the move.

Free
User rating
Publisher: theChanner Downloads: 17,991
CTDVDData for Windows Mobile 2003/WM5

CTDVDData for Windows Mobile 2003/WM5
Paid

CTDVDData for Windows Mobile 2003/WM5

Track your DVD and VHS collection

Paid
User rating
Publisher: Tweaks2K2 Downloads: 43
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About video players

Web browsers can stream video and audio, but a dedicated video player is ideal for viewing a file that's already on your computer. Video players (aka media players) can handle most audio and video file types, though you may have difficulty playing Blu-ray discs.

  • What to look for

    File type
    Make sure the video player software can play the types of video that you want to watch. Check the file extension of your files. For example, video.wmv is encoded in the Windows Media Video format. If you've told Windows to hide the extensions for most files, right-click the file and select Properties. The Type of File section will display the video's extension. On Download.com, the compatible file types are usually listed in the Publisher's Description section of the product page.

    • Product page publisher's description

    Quality settings
    Popular video players also have controls that let you adjust brightness, color, saturation, and other visual settings. These can't make a grainy or dark video look pristine and bright, but they can clean up the image. Audio controls with equalizer sliders also let you tweak the treble, bass, and midtone for better clarity (or to compensate for low-quality speakers).

    Digital rights management
    Some media is protected by digital rights management (DRM) to prevent you from making unauthorized copies. This media can usually only be accessed by using approved software. For example, Apple's music files that use the M4P extension are intended to be played only within iTunes or on an Apple-manufactured device. It's possible to remove this DRM, but it's a legal gray area, and exploring it can lead you to sketchy websites and downloads. Trying to play DRM-encrypted media with a general-purpose player like VLC or Media Player Classic will usually result in an error message.

    • Windows Media Player

      For most users, Windows Media Player would be a fine choice, but Microsoft stopped bundling it into the operating system starting with Windows 8 in 2012. If you're still on Windows 7, which will continue to receive security updates until January 2020, then sticking with Windows Media Player will keep things simple.

    • CNET video in VLC Media Player

    Best video players

    If you can't use Windows Media Player or don't want to, the following are fine video players, and they get periodic updates, meaning you'll get new features and security patches.

    VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Android)
    VLC is one of the most popular video players around and for good reason: It's completely free. How? It's backed by a nonprofit open-source organization. There are no ads, and you don't need to give the company an email address. You just download and install it, then play your video file. However, VLC won't play feature-film Blu-ray discs by default.

    Media Player Classic Home Cinema (Windows)
    Media Player Classic Home Cinema is the descendant of Media Player Classic, which emerged as a rival to VLC. Like VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free, open-source app. In some cases, it may play a file that VLC cannot, or play it more smoothly. People who play a lot of locally stored media usually have both apps installed, to cover as many bases as possible. Like VLC, Media Player Classic Home Cinema can't play feature film Blu-ray discs.

    Other ways to play videos

    Playing local video files in a Web browser
    You may be surprised to hear that you can often just click-and-drag a variety of media files into a Web browser window, and they'll play without trouble. This method isn't that popular, because you don't get as many controls, like brightness and color adjustment, but it works in a pinch. The major browsers, including Google Chrome, can handle most media formats just fine.

    Playing Blu-ray discs on your PC
    Sometimes your PC's Blu-ray drive has bundled software that will play Blu-ray discs, but it's often a trial version -- the license usually expires after 30 days. Once that time is up, you can't play any more discs until you buy a license, which costs in the $60 range. Blu-ray software is also notoriously glitchy. If you want to watch the discs at home, you're probably better off plugging a home theater Blu-ray player into your TV. There's a lot free Blu-ray playing software floating around on the Internet, but it's almost all sketchy.

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