Google TV Blocked by TV Studios?

Google TV is just in it’s infancy and it’s already running into issues with studios. Apparently the major studios have decided to block Google TV from their free streaming sites because, as they see it, Google doesn’t do enough to protect their content from piracy. According to Electronicista, 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.

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. 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.

Hulu is also blocked from Google TV, but it hasn’t been determined if Hulu Plus, the site’s paid subscription service, will be available in the future. Applications, such as Boxee, has already had issues with Hulu blocking the app from allowing streaming. Because of licensing issues with their content providers, some Hulu content cannot be viewed on a TV, hence the blocking of Boxee, Google TV, and other set top boxes.

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.

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. 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.

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.

This could be a huge setback for Google TV. Again, I have to say, the studios are going in the same directions as the RIAA. When will they learn that their old business models no longer work or apply?

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