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October 22, 2010

Piracy fears cause networks to block Google TV

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by Janet Harris

Users of Google TV, which was launched in the US last week, are finding that they are being blocked from accessing certain shows on ABC’s and CBS’s websites.

The problem occurs when Google TV users try to stream full-length episodes.

In a statement Google TV said: “Google TV enables access to all the Web content you already get today on your phone and PC, but it is ultimately the content owner’s choice to restrict their fans from accessing their content on the platform.”

Video-on-demand site Hulu also blocks access from Google TV devices.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Disney and NBC object to the service because of Google’s failure to block pirates.

Google TV isn’t expected to be launched in the UK for at least another year, so hopefully issues with studios will have been resolved by then.

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