Google TV blocked by broadcast and network TV over piracy concerns

Apple Online Store“Google TV is being blocked by TV studios at least partly out of piracy fears, tips alleged on Thursday. Disney’s ABC as well as CBS have all confirmed that they prevent the TV OS from watching their free Flash video sites. The WSJ understood from leaks that at least Disney and NBC had objected because it didn’t think Google was doing enough to stop piracy,” Electronista reports.

“The insiders claimed that Google prioritizes searches on Google TV devices like the Sony Internet TV to favor official content over piracy, but Disney was reportedly still unhappy that it wasn’t actively blocking pirates altogether,” Electronista reports. “Google is believed to have enough control to manually hide sites from search results, but such a method wouldn’t satisfy TV networks afraid of thousands of sites going undetected.”

Electronista reports, “Only some networks and sub-networks, such as CNBC, HBO and Turner, have responded positively to Google’s requests for websites optimized for a Google TV. Fox is also believed to be on the fence and may block it later. Hulu is already blocked in free form but may come through Hulu Plus.”

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69 Comments

  1. WTF? Seriously, WTF?

    Those guys offer TV for free as flash video on a webpage. What the FUNK does it matter which device is playing that?

    It’s FREE! On the WEB! From their OWN WEBPAGE!

    It doesn’t make sense, at all, to block any of that for specific devices.

  2. WTF? Seriously, WTF?

    Those guys offer TV for free as flash video on a webpage. What the FUNK does it matter which device is playing that?

    It’s FREE! On the WEB! From their OWN WEBPAGE!

    It doesn’t make sense, at all, to block any of that for specific devices.

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