Fox joins broadcasters in blocking Google TV link

Nov 11, 2010 By RYAN NAKASHIMA , AP Business Writer

(AP) -- News Corp.'s Fox has joined broadcasters ABC, CBS and NBC in blocking access to full episodes of shows when searched from Google TV's Web browser, according to a person at Fox familiar with the matter.

The move took effect Wednesday, about three weeks after other broadcasters blocked access. The delay was because Google TV had just launched and wasn't in enough homes to be seen as a top priority, said the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tech blogs had reported on the development earlier.

The Sony television that comes with Google TV software can still access networks like any regular TV, just not the online versions. The Logitech set-top box that comes with Google TV also does not interfere with regular TV signals.

Broadcasters want to block viewing over Internet-connected TVs because it is less profitable than regular TV.

There are fewer ads for online episodes, and cable and satellite TV providers pay broadcasters millions of dollars for the right to retransmit signals over their services. Allowing online viewing through sets in the living room could jeopardize the revenue that is generated from pay TV subscriptions.

Google reiterated a statement issued earlier when the other broadcasters blocked their online shows, saying "it is ultimately the content owner's choice to restrict users from accessing their content on the platform."

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Royale
5 / 5 (5) Nov 11, 2010
Fox = Far-Right = Evil
They made cablevision pay more than ABC NBC and CBS combined for their FREE over the air broadcasts...

All these networks are dumb IMO, advertise over the net and get money. My DVR means I watch NO COMMERCIALS at all... with a Google TV I'd be forced to watch at least some... tell me how that's good business...
Bob_B
not rated yet Nov 11, 2010
Ya, just use Murdocks (sp?) hulu service.
flicktheswitch
not rated yet Nov 11, 2010
So when in the past has the strategy:
"No we're not going to give you what you the consumer want, or make things easier for you, because it makes us more money."
...ever worked?
I'm going to enjoy watching the demise of the cable/network giants.
Au-Pu
not rated yet Nov 12, 2010
It costs money to make whatever form of entertainment you like to watch. If those who make the entertainment you like to watch cannot make a profit from their investment in its production they will simply stop making them and use their money where they can make a profit.
That will leave you with nothing to entertain yourself.
And what gives people the right to free access to the property of others?
Historically the only people I know of who have always assumed a free entitlement to the property of others were known as thieves.
CreepyD
5 / 5 (1) Nov 12, 2010
There's nothing stopped them putting ads in these shows broadcast online.
Anyone tried ITV's online player? It's FULL of unskippable adverts. More than on normal TV in fact.
If you record it from TV, you can skip these, online you can't.
These companies are missing the point here and should be embracing online viewing.
LivaN
not rated yet Nov 12, 2010
It costs money to make whatever [...] they can make a profit.


and cable and satellite TV providers pay broadcasters millions of dollars for the right to retransmit signals over their services.


Cutting out the middle man means a cheaper, yet still profitable, service. It's only a matter of time before someone makes such an alternative service.

And what gives people the right to free access to the property of others?
Historically the only people I know of who have always assumed a free entitlement to the property of others were known as thieves.


It's not about wanting a service for free, it's about wanting a better priced service, because new technologies allow for that. Historically those with a monopoly tend to cling to the aspects that allow for such a monopoly to persist.
Ritorix
not rated yet Nov 12, 2010
"just use Murdocks (sp?) hulu service."

Hulu also blocks googleTV. Their loss, I have one and use Netflix instead.