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Summary:

Google doesn’t want publishers of X-rated content to use Chromecast. That’s why the company is including a no-nudity clause in the Chromecast SDK’s Terms of Service.

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It looks like that Playboy TV app we told you about a few weeks back won’t be coming to Chromecast any time soon: Along with the release of the Chromecast SDK, Google also published the Terms of Service developers have to agree to in order to make their apps Chromecast-compatible. One of the conditions: Explicit content is a no-go.

The Chromecast Terms of Service include a number of device-specific requirements, including the demand to include protections against screen burn-in and a clause that tells developers not to enable the rooting of the device.

But Google also puts some basic content policies in place — or rather, the company is reinforcing existing policies by telling developers that their Chromecast apps also have to adhere to the Google Play developer program policies, which have governed the types of content allowed in the Play Store for years. And part of that policies is a no-porn rule:

“We don’t allow content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material.”

Also verboten are hate speech, violence and bullying and online gambling. Chromecast apps that violate these policies are subject to a “de-registration”, according to the Google Cast Terms of Service, which presumably means they won’t work with Chromecast devices anymore.

Those rules are bad news for Mindgeek, the company that is in charge of the Playboy.tv website (NSFW, obviously). Mindgeek had been working on an Android app for Playboy TV that included the ability to beam content to a Chromecast adapter, as we reported last month. Now it looks like the company won’t actually be able to distribute the app.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Chromecast users will be unable to watch explicit content with the device. Chromecast also offers the ability to mirror the company’s desktop Chrome browser, which can be used to access any website, XXX-rated or not.

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  1. I find this disgusting. Cable has porn. The internet has porn. Google makes tons of money advertising porn in their search product. It costs Google nothing to allow porn apps on the Chromecast. They don’t have to stock them in the Google Play Store, they simply have to not go out of their way to blacklist them from using the Chromecast. But that appears to be the purpose of “registering” your Chromecast app: to allow Google to blacklist you if they choose. I’m a huge libertarian, and while government censorship is certainly appalling, that doesn’t make companies with large market power censoring content any less terrible.

    The Chromecast is not open. If Google doesn’t like what you have to say they will kick you off without notice. If they were only using this power to stop pirated content, it would be one thing, but they’ve decided to use it to censor for more than illegality right from the get go.

    1. I just checked, and the Roku allows porn. Apple has never allowed porn, but that’s always been about Steve Jobs being a prude (look up some amusing quotes, in a terrible way, for proof). PlayStation and Xbox both have porn apps. I’ve never used a porn app on any device, but I just find it incomprehensible that Google would do this when they generally have a great track record on liberty.

      1. They are a business; they can set their own rules. Stop feeling so entitled and just use another product if you don’t like this one.

        1. I was studying abroad in China when Google had it’s big fight over censorship with the government. Google publicly pulled out of China instead of complying with their censorship laws. To people in the US this might have seemed liked some sort of publicity stunt, but I know for a fact that in China it actually meant something to people.

          You know what China censors more than anything else? Porn. It might not seem like a big deal to you, but seeing Google back away from free speech on a major platform is sad to see. It’s not “entitlement” to be upset when they reject a pro-freedom policy. Porn is free speech. It might not be speech of which everyone approves, but that’s the kind most in need of protecting.

      2. You can AirPlay porn to an Apple TV, apple simply doesn’t allow porn in their online stores.

    2. Osvaldo Doederlein Sam Monday, February 3, 2014

      Nope, we don’t run ads for porn and we don’t allow porn ads anywhere in our network.

  2. Menachem was here Monday, February 3, 2014

    HTML5 .EQ. “App”

  3. There’s nudity, and tons of sexual acts on YouTube.

  4. omg_nyc_really Monday, February 3, 2014

    Last I checked Netflix has rated R moves and HBO series’ have nudity. Are these terms of service being applied selectively?

  5. Chromecast is a very small computer. It can be clean-room reverse engineered. This is an opportunity for someone to develop a competing product, much like Compaq reverse-engineered the ROMs in the original IBM PC. And Chromecast has already been rooted:
    http://www.techhive.com/article/2045482/chromecast-hack-reveals-google-tv-at-its-heart-not-chrome-os.html

  6. Welp, no “Orange is the New Black” on Chromecast, guys!

  7. Porn always finds a way.

  8. This will do wonderful spill over what Google does good such as all its focus on developing next generation of Scientists and Developers. All the competitiveness that you derive from accessibility both through open technology and pricing would be for nothing should you not also establish and defend boundaries to offer higher quality of life for the next generation of buyers.

  9. I am so glad to hear this!

  10. Scott Bradley Friday, February 7, 2014

    All somebody has to do is create a generic video catcher that porn sites can develop for. It would be allowed because it doesn’t directly serve porn, but any properly formatted video URL can be “slung” to it.

    Done!

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