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Viacom now blocking Google TV; no more Colbert or Jersey Shore for you.

November 22, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Google TV


The general conclusion of the Google TV review is that this is a good entertainment system that you probably shouldn’t buy yet. Now, there’s even less reason to purchase because so many media companies are reversing course and preventing Google TV from accessing their videos.

Though websites for Viacom-owned MTV and Comedy Central previously allowed Google TV watchers to access Flash-based video content, they are no longer letting that slide. Viacom has joined the four major broadcast networks, Hulu, and Comcast in blocking the Logitech Revue and Sony Internet TV products. This reversal means Viacom’s networks and popular shows, namely the Daily Show and Colbert Report, are not accessible any longer.

Google has said its working with networks to increase the presence of web-based television on its devices, but it needs to work harder and faster. Access to television shows and web content makes Google TV a unique set-top box, but with so many major companies blocking these devices, the appeal takes a severe hit. GTV is 2-to-3 times as expensive as comparable boxes, so it needs to keep web content to maintain an advantage.