Soon, all of Totem users’ fast computers and high-speed internet connections will be reverting to 176×144 3GP YouTube video.
It seems that Totem is violating §5.C of the Youtube Terms of Service.
Developer Bastien Nocera explains…
We thought that Totem was living in a soft, gray, area by using YouTube GData API to do video searches, and then accessing direct streams that were of the quality expected by users, and in formats that meant out-of-the-box support for most Linux distributions (eg. using Web-M).
Turns out not. I won’t make a whole scene about the way that this problem was brought up to me, but let’s say that it wasn’t the way I would have expected a corporation like Google dealing with things.
After a multitude of e-mails back and forth, I’m afraid that YouTube stuck to its guns, and I was repeatedly told about the “supported” solutions (embedding Flash was even proposed as a solution!).
What to do?
It might not affect people who don’t use Totem but Minitube/Your_preferred_client could be next.