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Is there a way to preview Youtube videos in Mozilla Thunderbird when you receive a Youtube link via email?

More specifically, this is what I'm after (ordered by decreasing preference):

  • see the video embedded directly in the email, as it happens in Gmail Labs' "Youtube preview"
  • see a picture preview, as it happens when you embed a video in a web page before clicking on it
  • finally, at the very least, show the title of the video somewhere, e.g. on mouse hover

Are there any extensions to do that?

(Solutions for either Thunderbird 2.0 or 3.0 are ok).

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From New in Thunderbird 3

Video content can now be played in Thunderbird. To play a video embedded in an email, access controls from the right-click context menu. (The controls are not automatically enabled because JavaScript is disabled in emails for security reasons.) Video content in RSS feeds will display the controls as expected.

I haven't tried it, but you will probably need to enable JavaScript, which is somewhat of a security risk.

Also, as far as my understanding goes, this refers to embedded video, and not to simple links to video.

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interesting, I'll try this out; I'm currently running version 2.0 at work but installing version 3.0 shouldn't be a problem –  UncleZeiv Sep 23 '10 at 15:28

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