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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The functionality was removed outright, it wasn't refactored into another set of classes or methods. Removed. With a semi-vague promise to maybe support it in the future.

Scroll down a couple of comments ("") and read what was said by a Google spokesperson. I will take the liberty to accentuate the relevant passage.

We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content.

So, again, am I sure they will bring the facility back? Nope. Do I understand they they may have the intention to do so? Yep. Do I think that is too early to start "name calling"? Definitively.

Most of the times, on doubt, I prefer to be prudent and refrain to be negatively assertive. And, sincerely, from a long string of big companies, Google has showed to be one of the least evil so I usually give a mildly trust bonus to them. One thing is sure, though, only time will tell which of us put his chips on the wrong bet.

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So they removed it, and promised to add it back at some point in the future? Is that right, because I'm not sure why you replied to my comment to restate what I said.

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