How to play an Online Video/Audio inside WinRT MediaElement object?

Is it possible to play an online video/audio media file inside a WinRT MediaElement in a UWP App.

i tried to play a youtube video using this XAML code below but it fails:

        <RowDefinition />
        <RowDefinition Height="30" />
    <MediaElement x:Name="_MediaElement" 
                    AutoPlay="False" />
    <StackPanel Grid.Row="1" Orientation="Horizontal" 
                HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center">
        <Button Content="Play" Click="Play_Click"/>
        <Button Content="Pause" Click="Pause_Click"/>
        <Button Content="Stop" Click="Stop_Click" />

The XAML above didn’t work and didn’t play the video i tried to play the video manually from the code behind using this code:

public MainWindow()
    Uri uri = new Uri("");
    _MediaElement.Source = uri;

But that didn’t work as well, please Help.


The MediaElement in WinRT can play online media files automatically, but the problem in your XAML and code is that you are not giving it a path/uri to a media file but instead you are giving it a path to the youtube webpage that hosts the video frame.

  • This is not the media file path:
    It’s only a Web page URL.

  • To fix that issue you have two options:

  1. Use a WebView and display the Web Page within it. that url above will work for a WebView Control.

  2. Or Get the real Video Url and in case of Youtube Media files i don’t think that would be an easy task.