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YouTube blocking native video API from TV devices

updated 02:20 pm EST, Fri November 20, 2009

YouTube API now only on some devices

YouTube drew controversy with word this week that it has begun limiting the use of its native video API on devices. Reflecting new terms of service, any device that connects to a TV must have a license from YouTube to get fully native video support. The move will ban smaller-scale devices like the Popcorn Hour C-200 from directly accessing YouTube videos, although it will still allow them access using Flash.

The move will restrict TV viewing to devices from companies that can afford the license, such as the Apple TV, TiVo DVRs and a growing number of TVs. iPhones and other handhelds aren't covered by the ban.

No explanation has been given for the reversal of policy, although YouTube has increasingly allowed long-form videos and has been striking deals with major content providers that themselves have attempted to ban video playback from digital hardware connected to TVs to protect deals with cable and satellite providers. Boxee has repeatedly been excluded from Hulu for this reason despite Hulu's own support of the TV-friendly media interface. [via Engadget]

By Electronista Staff


  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000



    This is obviously a ploy from the same "content" providers that made Hulu stop working on TV-connected devices. It's fine on Hulu where all the content is from the big studios. But on Youtube, the majority of the content is not from them, but yet they get to force terms for everyone who posts content on Youtube?

    I wonder if they'll block PS3 access too now.

    Glad I have my DVR so I can STEAL your content by not watching commercials.

  1. nelsoon

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2009


    Good things

    We all know that YouTube loss are big. I think it's a good idea for YouTube because they can survive that way and also generally expensive tvs have YouTube so this people can afford

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Obvious

    No, it's probably a ploy by Google to want to see some of the freeloaders pay to use their high-end service.

    Or maybe you think that they should just serve up high-quality video on demand without any way of recouping cost, and then let others sell products and earn money basically using your services for free?

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