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Since word broke late last week that ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking access by Google TV (GOOG) to their full-length programs, I've been scouring the web and speaking to colleagues, attempting to get some insights about what's going on here. Though I've heard plenty of free-floating concerns raised, I've yet to really understand solid reasons for why broadcast networks are doing this that can't be addressed somehow. Therefore, as best I can tell, for now at least, I think the broadcast TV networks are wrong to block access.
The most obvious reason is that they're creating a false and meaningless distinction between screens. Whereas you can "go online" and freely access...
I was doing some googling today and stumbled upon this little bit of information from googlecode.blogspot.com. Apparently they are giving away 10,000 Google TV Devices for the next few weeks to developers to help get more development going for the Google TV service. According to their article from yesterday:
Still mad that you cant watch CSI with your Google TV? Then how about giving Dark Blue or The Closer a shot? Google TV has been in the headlines for its trouble with broadcasters, with major networks like ABC, NBC and CBS blocking Google TV owners from accessing full-episode streams of their shows online. Owners of Logitechs new Revue set-top box or Sonys Internet TV also dont have access to Hulu or its CBS-owned competitor TV.com. However, a number of cable channels seem to be just fine with Google TV accessing their shows. In fact, we found that most popular shows on cable TV can be accessed freely with Google TV devices.
Despite not having any help from Sony a user has figured out how to get into the recovery menu. So, we have "step one" of the rooting process in play and now we need to get to the next steps. Despite the fact that this is just the start of the process it's still exciting.
Thanks to Apeman on AndroidForums for figuring this out!
Google Inc CEO Eric Schmidt - Google TV
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is actively negotiating with three television networks that have blocked access to their websites on Google TV, a source familiar with the matter said.
Three of the biggest U.S. television broadcasters have blocked the Web-based versions of their shows from Google's new Web TV service, throwing a wrench into the company's plans to expand from computers to the living room.
Representatives from Walt Disney Co and NBC Universal confirmed on Thursday that the companies blocked access to the broadcast TV shows available on their websites from Google TV. Disney owns ABC network and cable TV business ESPN....
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