What do you do when there are videos on YouTube that you want to save to watch later on your BlackBerry PlayBook? There are several options for bookmarking them, but what if "later" is a time when you don't have Wifi available? The answer (short of buying a 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook, of course) is to download the video so that you can watch it whenever and wherever you please. Enter TubeMate, a simple and fast way to download all the YouTube videos you want right to your PlayBook with just a few taps.
While not a native PlayBook app, TubeMate runs very well on the PlayBook. Simply open the app, search for the video you want to download, and tap the green arrow. You are then asked if you want to download or watch the video. Choose download and you are presented with several options for size. Of course, the bigger the size, the higher quality your video will be. In just a moment the video will be saved to the videos folder on your PlayBook for your viewing pleasure. You can also access a list of the videos you've downloaded from within the app, which I imagine is handy if you have a lot of videos already on your PlayBook and want to only see the ones you've downloaded with TubeMate.
I know many of you will be disappointed that the app isn't native, however it does work quite well. The only glitch I had was the videos I downloaded while testing didn't play initially. A simple reboot of my PlayBook solved the problem, and I haven't seen it happen again since. You can download the .bar file for your PlayBook from the link below, and if you need a refresher on the sideloading process be sure to check out our guide.
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