Google makes it official: no porn apps for Chromecast

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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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