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Oct
22
2010

American television networks block Google TV from accessing web-based content

In what could be a significant blow to the recently launched Google Internet TV platform, three major American Television networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – are barring Sony and Logitech’s web-infused TVs and set-top-boxes from accessing full episodes of streaming video content. The Wall Street Journal reports that all three networks have confirmed the ban. What’s more, it also states that Fox is also discussing whether it will ban Google TV as well, though the network has not made a definitive decision as of yet.

For its part, Google says that it’s “ultimately the content owners’ choice to restrict their fans from accessing their content on the platform,” so don’t expect the search company to pitch in, unless it can work out some premium arrangements for all parties involved.

A while ago, video streaming website Hulu suffered a similar setback with networks blocking their content from appearing on the service – however, it was discovered that the blocks could be got around by making tweaks in a user’s browser. However, it appears that Hulu has now been re-blocked, so the browser tweak likely isn’t going to work for Google TV either. For now, it appears users are just going to have to ride this one out.

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