Google TV can't make nice with Hollywood
The Grinch came early to Google TV when all four major networks--plus cable conglomerate Viacom--decided in mid-November to block Google TV users from watching shows streamed from their Web sites. Google had even apparently cut some sort of deal with NBC Universal to feature them as a launch partner in early November when the first devices hit the street, only to watch the Peacock Network turn up its feathers at Google and CEO Eric Schmidt, pictured here.
It's not hard to figure out why they're doing this: TV networks would rather you reserve your big-screen viewing to the broadcast versions of their shows, where they currently make more money than through the streaming versions of those shows. They're happy to accommodate additional viewers on PCs to complement the regular viewing--and you can still watch the shows from your set-top box on Google TV--but the marriage of the big-screen TV to the Internet is not one that old media is quite ready to bless.
You have to wonder what Google was thinking launching in this fashion, on a wing and a prayer that they'd get their buddies in New York to play ball. Google does have a deal with Turner Broadcasting in place, but for now, Google TV is fighting with a half-dozen channels tied behind its back.
That said, we're very happy to remind you that you can get our content on your shiny new Google TV.
November 24, 2010 12:48 PM PST
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