Networks Block Google TV Access to Sites

Posted Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 12:20 PM PDT by Dick Ward

ABC, NBC and CBS shows are unwatchable on Google TV, even through the internet browser.

At this point, it seems like hooking a netbook or HTPC to your television is going to be the best solution. Google TV holds a great deal of promise, but the lack of support from content providers may make the new product a hard sell.

The problem seems to be that the networks don't want folks using Google TV to watch web based versions of their shows. It's not good for the ratings, and it could hurt their advertising revenue. There's also a concern of people viewing on pirate sites, rather than the network's own website.

For now, Hulu, ABC, NBC and CBS will all be blocking you from access when you pick up your Google TV. The folks at Google are working on it, but don't expect to hear anything soon.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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