Looks like Google is hitting roadblocks at every turn with their eponymous TV hardware - which is really a shame, given just how much potential it seems to have. A few weeks ago, the major networks decided to start blocking Google TVs from accessing their content, whether it was via their proprietary feeds (i.e. ABC.com) or directly through Hulu. Just about the only method of streaming left was Fancast (which actually backdoors content from Hulu). But no more: the door has been shut, with few options left for users.


While Google TV's capabilities extend far beyond simply streaming content, that's doubtless its biggest selling point - especially in an age where most content is available on demand online, with fewer ads and minimal delay. In fact, that seems to be the sticking point for the networks: if more people can access the content for free via online streaming services, they have less reason to pay cable and satellite companies for the same services. Less subscribers means the cable companies are willing to pay the networks less - thus, the root of the problem.

It seems that the most we can hope for is that Google's talks with the networks prove to be successful - preferably sooner rather than later. After all, when networks and - well, the rest of us - fight, nobody wins.

[Source: CrunchGear]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • kstagg


    That is all.

    • Aaron Gingrich


  • http://www.google.com/profiles/dbin78 Dain Binder


    But, it is understandable given how much work Hulu Plus has done to get what they have. Google has some work ahead of them.

  • SiliconAddict

    *shrugs* I download my content from BT...and bypass the networks. Frack em all to Hell. Old companies incapable of change. That is all there is to it. RIAA/MPAA/TV NETWORKS. They are ALL the same.

  • Marvin R

    Answer - web / cable ala cart. I don't need a 250 channel package. Let me choose the channels I want, & I'll pay a surcharge to release those channels on my GTV. Since my cable box talks to my google box I'm pretty sure someone could write a program for that. I get what I want, cable & google TV gets what they want. Problem solved.
    Google owes me a beer!

    • http://verb0ze.net verboze

      ^^This! Cable companies and content providers do not seem to understand. I don't want to pay $100 every month only to watch 3-4 channels. Give me the channels I want, fixed price per channel/bundle whatever. But customers should be seeing value in what they are paying for, and increasingly, this is not the case :/

  • bloodymurderlive

    I've been saying the same thing for years, Marvin, but they are too effin' stoopid to give a shiite about what their customers want. I'd pay a la carte, but since it's not an option, I watch for free ... slightly less convenient, but not as inconvenient as paying for hundreds of channels that I couldn't give a rat's arse about.

    WTF does it matter whether it streams through Google TV?! Are they not effin' aware that computers have had tv-out for well over a decade? WTF is the difference?

    Effin' morons. Screw them. BT, everyone. Screw the bratstards.

  • Ellett

    I just bought a Revue through Dish. It's my way of voting for who I think is right. When I can buy my choice of programming a la carte and stream that content however I want, I'll go along with the networks. As long as they force me to pay for a bunch of crap I don't want to get one or two channels I do want, and arbitrarily block some delivery methods while allowing others, I'll avoid giving them money whenever possible and will use whatever tech savvy I have to bypass their blockades.

  • mike I

    I don't understand how Googletv is such a threat that they block the content, yet someone who builds an HTPC and hooks it up to the tv has the access. is it just because Googletv is basically HTPC for dummies?

    • http://verb0ze.net verboze

      Yup. Because GTV is bringing HTPC to the masses, that's why. It's one thing when yo have to build a PC, get all sorts of "complex" software to stream and watch content from the net on your TV. It's another thing when that process is essentially built for you, and all you have to do is plug-and-play. They can ignore a few thousands techies building HTPCs and getting content the cable companies/content a la carte; however, when EVERYBODY starts doing it with support from a major company such as Google, they have to pay attention. They are still afraid one of these tech companies will rip their business out of their control, the way Apple and others did with MP3 downloads. instead of working with these companies to innovate and insure they get a fair cut of the new market, they are using convoluted methods to keep old business models that will undoubtedly die soon. Dinosaurs...

  • Chris

    Customer: "I would like to watch Dexter on Showtime please"

    Provider: "Oh you want Showtime? Then you have to pay for HBO, Starz and Epix too"

    Customer: "Um, but I don't want those..."

    Provider: "Well then too bad. No Dexter for you"

    Customer: "Well then I will go somewhere else"

    Provider: "Where? We have them all tied up in "negotiations". Besides, even if we decide to let someone stream it, we will ensure it's nowhere near the current season and only for six months, them we will yank it"

    Customer: "Well balls. *downloads uTorrent*"