updated 11:37 am EDT, Mon August 26, 2013
Developer criticizes Google
Google has allegedly disabled media streaming capabilities for certain third-party apps available for the company's Chromecast dongle. Developer Koushik Dutta claims the company intentionally disabled his AllCast app, which allowed users to wirelessly stream a wide range of content, including locally stored media files, via HDMI.
"Given that this is the second time they've purposefully removed/disabled the ability to play media from external sources, it confirms some of my suspicions that I have had about the Chromecast developer program," Dutta wrote in a Google+ post, which was spotted by Gizmodo. "The policy seems to be a heavy handed approach, where only approved content will be played through the device."
Netflix and several other popular services already officially support Chromecast streaming, with equivalent apps expected in the near future from Redbox, Vimeo and HBO, among others. The device also streams content via YouTube, Google Play and Chrome.
Google has offered a software development kit for Android, Chrome and iOS as it attempts to expand the range of supported content. Dutta speculates that the "Google TV team will likely only whitelist media companies," rather than allowing third-party apps to enable broader streaming capabilities.
Google has yet to officially comment on the matter.