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Viacom has banned Google TV from accessing its episode's stations with nary an explanation.  (Source: Engadget)
Google isn't getting much love from the television industry

Google TV seems on a roll.  Powered by Android, the specialized software has already popped up in Sony's new Internet TV hardware and should be showing up in Samsung sets early next year as well.  

Standing in its way is a bizarre blockade from the television industry that appears to be taking its frustrations on internet video out against the new platform.  ABC, NBC, CBS, and most recently FOX have banned the platform from accessing their television websites.  And now Viacom, who recently lost a long and protracted court war with Google web-video subsidiary YouTube over piracy, has joined the merry band of banners.

Customers visiting the websites of MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon were rudely greeted with denials when trying to access TV episodes via their Android-powered internet TVs.

The decision to ban Google's TV platform seems baffling.  Customers could simply step a few feet to their computer and access the episodes.  And why did the networks put the episodes up in the first place if they didn't want them to be viewed?  The question hot on the minds of many -- why are networks pulling such a seemingly illogical and glaringly anti-customer move?  

At the end of the day it likely has some sort of vague basis in reality -- perhaps television providers are fearful of customers switching from viewing live TV to online episodes, which reportedly earn less ad revenue.  However, the boat seems to have already sailed on this front and the TV networks help cast it off, in fact, by putting legal episodes for their most popular shows up online.

Ultimately, the move will likely accomplish exactly what the networks least want -- driving more customers away to piracy and web video.

At the end of the day what seems particularly egregious is the fact that none of the networks will even talk about their decision to block the device.  Customers deserve an explanation, but networks seem determined not give them one.  Any worthwhile business man can tell you -- treating customers with disrespect is the greatest error any business can make.

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I wonder if a workaround
By SpinCircle on 11/22/2010 1:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if a workaround is as simple as changing the userAgent string in the browser settings?

RE: I wonder if a workaround
By Brainonska511 on 11/22/2010 1:25:00 PM , Rating: 2
People tried that originally to get around Hulu's blocking, but I think they quickly fixed that problem.

RE: I wonder if a workaround
By theArchMichael on 11/22/2010 2:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
Hulu and these other services probably use Flash to detect the browser and environment settings. I'm sure there's a way around it in Flash 10.1 but I doubt that it is something google would deliver with their TVs since I'm not even sure its legal or if it would violate their ethical code. Maybe an app... "Skyfire" is a browser app in the marketplace that supposedly can play Hulu videos from one's android phone.

RE: I wonder if a workaround
By leexgx on 11/23/2010 12:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
the google TV box needs to be rooted or replaced with your Own OS on the box so you can use an generic flash player (seems to be the flash player on the Google TV box it self is the problem as it has its own ID that only google TV use for flash player, changing the Borwser ID will not work in this case)

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