Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Google's Vision for TV Proves a Turnoff - Technology Review

Google TV looks like a compelling device at $99, except for the part about not being able to watch much TV content on it (the excerpt below is from the second page of the article)

Yet Google's toughest challenge is to convince TV studios and networks to stop deliberately obstructing its service. Days after Google TV debuted last October, CBS, NBC, and ABC started blocking shows freely available on their websites from being viewed using Google TV devices. Attempts to convince the broadcast and cable networks that Google TV was a complement, not a competitor, were fruitless.

That has left a big hole in what users can view on Google TV devices. Virtually every other competitor offers access to the online TV service Hulu, for example, which is operated by a coalition of broadcasters.

Google's Vision for TV Proves a Turnoff - Technology Review

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