Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Aug 2013 16:24 UTC

Update: the functionality used by the application was reverse engineered and Google stated that it may change. Google has released a statement which acknowledges that playing local content will come back to ChromeCast once the API has stabilised. Storm in a teacup, apparently.

Heads up. Google's latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled 'video_playback' support from the ChromeCast application.

Given that this is the second time they've purposefully removed/disabled[1] the ability to play media from external sources, it confirms some of my suspicions that I have had about the Chromecast developer program: the policy seems to be a heavy handed approach, where only approved content will be played through the device.

A company intentionally disabling cool stuff? Surely you jest.

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RE: Google's ethical standard
by ichi on Mon 26th Aug 2013 23:11 UTC in reply to "Google's ethical standard"
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Remember, Google's ethical standard is literally (properly used there) the lowest it can be.

Time to stop treating Google as any different from MS, Apple, IBM, etc.

While highly unconvenient for users I don't think this can actually be qualified from an "ethical" sandpoint.

Maybe they actually outright lied about the Chromecast capabilities and I missed it, but otherwise they are just making their product a lot less desirable and as such you should probably wait until they clear this up to decide if it's worth buying.

If it turns out that you wont ever be able to use Chromecast to stream media from other devices that would certainly suck, but I don't see it as evil or unethical, just crappy and likely not worth your money.

Now if you told me that Chromecast was modifying your content on the fly and/or injecting subliminal messages to push some kind of political agenda, there I would agree about the evil and unethical bit.

Edited 2013-08-26 23:17 UTC

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