YouTube Gone from PopCorn Hour – For Now

Remember the debate that’s been going on for a while, whether those "Extender" devices like Popcorn Hour were so much better than clunky HTPC Clients like the ASRock ION? Well, my ION sure can still play YouTube…Popcorn Hour can’t anymore. It’s disappointing but frankly not all that surprising.


Syabas, makers of the Popcorn Hour media players is telling its users that “As of Wednesday, December 2, 2009, YouTube will no longer be available to Popcorn Hour users.” This is a move by Google to push CE makers to use the XL version of YouTube instead of the existing API method. While I would imagine Syabas (and other CE companies) will work to build the XL version into their media players eventually, it will likely take a while.