Google has announced that Chromecast isn't going to stop you watching local content. It will remain "open" as planned.
The issue arose after a recent update that disabled playback from external video sources and blocked third-party apps from providing local media streaming functionality.
Since the world cried out across the interwebs with outrage at the fact this supposedly open device was building virtual walls, Google has spoken.
The Big G is reassuring everyone that the update which caused this issue was a mistake. The glitch locked off access to local files, but that wasn't the plan. Google's full statement says:
"We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It’s still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available."