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Google Blocks Chromecast App Support for Local Video and Music Streaming

Aug 26 2013, 10:42am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

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Google Blocks Chromecast App to Support AllCast
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Google has just blocked its Chromecast app support to stream local videos and music. And this occurred after Koushik Dutta deconstructed and reconstructed his AllCast or AirCast app in order to clear its way to enter the Google Play Store.

An app had been broken down and then put together by Koushik Dutta on YouTube. Termed AllCast, it had regional media added to it along with Dropbox and Google Drive cast buttons. These let the user base manipulate video clips and movies. However, along the way something went very wrong. Google blocked this app for Chromecast, leaving him stuck between a rock and a hard place. Whether Google allows any future apps for its Chromecast service is debatable. The Chromecast device is a pretty cool little thing which lets you view Netflix, YouTube or Google Play. However, Google does not allow video streaming like Apple TV. In order to solve this problem, developers like Dutta decided to create apps that bypass this loophole in the system but to no avail. Google simply blocked the app in an act of defiance. 

Google’s own interests lie in this direction, which is one reason why it tends to block all such apps. The Chromecast dongle was updated in an effort to screen it against all such secondary apps. Thus while websites may display official content, they cannot show any original stuff of the user’s own making. This policy of repression is one that seems overly restrictive. It goes against the lenient “anything goes” stance often taken by Google and instead shows the double standards of the search engine giant. 

Source: Koushik Dutta (Google+) via The Verge

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