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Is YouTube blocking the Boxee Box? [Updated]

Is YouTube blocking the Boxee Box? [Updated]

Over the last few weeks users of the Boxee Box user have noticed a friendly message on the top of YouTube pages encouraging to try YouTube XL. Well last night reports started rolling in that YouTube videos were no longer working on the Boxee Box. Google blocked access to the PopCorn Hour devices in December because they were violating YouTube’s terms of service. The terms only allow licensed partners to display YouTube videos on TV devices. According to Google:

Since July of 2008, YouTube’s Terms of Service has restricted implementations for televisions based on our APIs. YouTube has been in active discussions with various developers on how best to implement YouTube on set top boxes and TVs. There are several companies, however, that have deployed solutions, like video scraping technology, to circumvent the rules and violate YouTube’s Terms of Service. Companies that have negotiated agreements to use our APIs, like TiVo, Sony, Panasonic and PS3 are not impacted.

Is Boxee the latest device to be blocked? We have reached out to Boxee and Google for comment. We’ll update the story as we know more.

Update: We have  made contact with both Boxee and Google and they are both looking into what is going on. Neither has confirmed that there is blocking taking place, but they will let us know when they know more.

Update 2: According to Google, “blocking is not the right word (a la Hulu to Boxee). It looks like a bug and we’re working as quickly as we can to fix it.”

Update 3: Just heard from Google, they have identified the problem and will be pushing out a fix shortly. Looks like YouTube is safe on Boxee, at least for now.

Update 4: YouTube Tweeted

Update 5: And YouTube is back up on Boxee

It looks like Boxee has temporarily disabled the YouTube Leanback app.

Source: Engadget

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Author: Stewart Foss

Stewart is an author, designer, blogger and the editor of The New TV Republic. You can follow his thoughts on design and the future of TV on twitter.com/stewartfoss

4 Comments to “Is YouTube blocking the Boxee Box? [Updated]”
  1. youtube ask to go http://google.com/devise and enter a given CODE and they will do the rest, but there is not a site to do this., please let me know how to do it from my Boxee to be recognized.

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