• shively

    Thanks for these two articles. Talk about the bleeding edge…

    Can the user agent of the TV be spoofed, or does that not even make sense in this type of device?

  • eborg9

    Maybe corporate payback is a bitch?

    It makes no sense that these content providers would block access depending on what device you use and I will not pay for commercialized content…if that’s what they are thinking, the networks need to stop smoking crack.’You either charge me for the content or force feed me commercials…you don’t get both.

    But maybe given the history of content providers and Google regarding unauthorized music and listing pirate content sites in it ‘s search results…basically supporting criminal activity and copyright infringement…maybe this is some form of corporate payback.

    Like I said, I have no problem paying for the content that I want to watch, but if that is going to be the case…turn off the commercials. They can’t have it both ways.

  • avid2000

    I have a Mac Mini hooked up to my 42″ plasma in my living room and watch Hulu and network shows frequently. Blocking content from GTV is just another case of paranoia from an industry that still does not understand how and why they are on the decline. Pure stupidity.

  • http://news.netapex.org NetApex

    For the record, you can chance your Google TV to read as a regular web broswer, it was done initially to bypass Hulu’s issue so it would go to figure it would work with the networks as well. Not to mention since it does run on Android there will be apps that make it even easier to “spoof”. Now is a time the companies should be playing nice before the developers get forced into things. We all know that developers take this kind of situation personally and would immediately work on ways around it.

  • http://www.highrankings.com/seo-services Jill Whalen

    If the networks think they can stop the trend towards viewers watching what they want, when they want, they are sorely mistaken.

    Anyone who’s ever started using Roku or any other instant download source will never go back to watching network television during prime time exactly when the networks want you to. It’s doesn’t fit with today’s lifestyle of choice.

    Rather than trying to fight the inevitable, those that embrace it (like Hulu originally did) will be in the best positions to monetize the new medium–whatever it might end up being.

  • mnkyhead

    Between this and your first impressions article, all I can say is what a bummer. I don’t have cable, and do a lot of internet watching on the networks sites and hulu, so I was really excited about gTV. No more connecting my laptop up to the tv, and I could finally have control over the program(pausing etc.) with out going to the laptop…guess I will have to wait a little longer. I just hope these issue get worked out before they kill the GoogleTV.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Shively, as NetApex says, there is a way change the user agent which was used initially by some to access Hulu — but Hulu caught on. If this continues, perhaps we’ll see more aggressive options to cloak Google TV.

  • http://richardlawler.blogspot.com richardl

    NBC.com is now working for me on my Sony GT1.

    CBS.com and ABC.com sill seem to be blocked to the device.

    Hey isn’t Steve Jobs on the board at Disney which owns ABC. Maybe the guys at Google could ask their friend Steve… Oh wait. Hmm…

  • Charbax

    Technically, the Browser can be set as “User Agent: Generic”, it has to then be the “Flash plugin” which Adobe has proprietary control over, and even though they claim it to support “everything that you get on your PC” on Android and Google TV, still, for some reason, Adobe must be signaling websites that it is “User agent: Flash for Google TV” which thus allows all these websites to block Google TV.

    You are the tech expert, and you may know how Adobe and Google thinks vs Old Media, so let me ask you this.

    If negotiations between Google and Old Media does not advance, shouldn’t it be logical that Adobe will side with its partner Google in allowing the user to edit Flash player user agent in the Google TV settings as well?

    Google doesn’t want to piss off Old Media too much yet at this point, so it will negociate as much as is required to try to get a deal. But if Old Media continues to try to block Google TV users, for reasons such as being scared of Google taking over control of the $70 Billion TV advertising business and scared of becoming irrelevant when viewers are one click away from the worlds On Demand TV contents and YouTube, then I expect Google and Adobe will allow for “User Agent: Generic” on both Browser and Flash plugin, and this should make blocking technically impossible.

  • Charbax

    Also, I see no reason BitTorrent apps can’t be run directly on Google TV. Imagine such an app that integrates with Google TV search, when you search for a tv show or movie name, there is an option to simply download it using BitTorrent to your external USB hard drive. And if you want faster or untraceable encrypted BitTorrent service, you will be able to use Seedboxes which there are thousands of such services around the world available for $5 per month for unlimited 1gbit/1gbit seedbox usage, thus download any movie and tv show in seconds and stream using encrypted untraceable stream to your Google TV.

    Unlike Apple’s pihlosophies, Google is not going to block this use.

    Solution is copyright reform, where industry wide subscription plans or taxes are paid by all to access all contents as much people want p2p fashion or direct stream and piracy instantly becomes legal and content creators are paid directly based on their quality and popularity without need for the old intermediaries.

  • http://cellar.org Undertoad

    The network people think they’re in control. Ha! Ha! It’s so quaint!

    The execs at music companies suffered from this same delusion. They refused to play by the rules. They refused to be part of the conversation. They had to have their industry DECIMATED before anyone got a clue.

    Remember a few years back, when we had otherwise intelligent execs busily suing YouTube and removing their acts’ content from it…. never realizing that the rules had changed and a band not on YouTube is a band ignored. People who used to PAY radio to get air time spent years actively denying online “air time” for their bands. They were so scared, trying to protect their phony-baloney jobs, all they did was to massively accelerate the process, and in the process alienate their bands and their fans.

    The same happens to television soon. It is inevitable if they continue down this same path. Sure, make it hard for us to get your product. See how well that works for you. Morons.

  • IronAtlas IronAtlas

    No Android user should use HULU plus at all, if they are going to block content they they should be blocked as well.  As the Senior CIO at my company I have blocked Hulu, abc, cbs, nbc and Fox.  While I know it is just small beans to the networks if all Tech’s started blocking the networks they might finally get a clue.