Originally Posted by SomeGuy2008
I agree. But how does the ChromeCast differ in that respect to a Android Tablet or Phone? Im sure that content providers care about piracy on those devices running android.
The chromecast is built for, and solely marketed as a online media streaming stick. Google needs to show content providers that they are passionate about making their device a secure hardware solution for online media, otherwise if new content providers do not develop for the Chromecast, or current ones opt out Google would have lost the sole purpose of their device.
Android itself is generally easy to unlock devices bootloaders, gain root access and install custom roms, it was designed like that. While the chromecast was locked down. Google are taking a completely different approach to the Chromecast, than they did for their nexus line or Stock android in general.