YouTube Stops API Access to Non-Licensed Connected CE Devices

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Oh, boy… YouTube is pulling a Hulu. According to Syabas Technology COO, Alex Limberis, the company has received notice that Popcorn Hour’s media streamers will no longer be able to access YouTube’s API due to a change in the Terms of Service. What’s interesting is that Alex says Syabas tried to negotiate a deal with YouTube to avoid disrupting the service, but the company was not successful. Makes you wonder: Is Google just being picky or are they charging an outrageous licensing fee? Current YouTube hardware partners (not a complete list) include: Sony, Nintendo, Netgear, TiVo, Samsung, and Panasonic. Alternative workaround solution: PlayOn. [via]

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