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SyFy joins list of channels blocking Google TV

updated 09:00 pm EST, Mon November 8, 2010

SyFy latest to block Google TV browser

Viewers discovered this weekend that SyFy has begun blocking Google TV devices from its site. The NBC-owned channel began telling users that video is not "currently available on this device." It joins blocks by other major studios, including NBC itself as well as ABC and CBS. Hulu has blocked Google TV from its free access since before launch.

The main channels left allowing access are primarily cable stations that have either benefited the most from Internet video or which were partners for the Google TV launch. Daily Show host Comedy Central still allows Google TV, as do launch partner Turner's channels TBS and TNT. Fox and PBS are two of the only free-to-air networks that currently allow unrestricted access.

Google has had a rough start to the platform, which it originally pitched as a means to combine the best features of both traditional TV with Internet access. The Android-based software has faced stiff resistance from conventional TV providers that still make the majority of their income on TV ads and on transmission fees, which Google TV potentially jeopardizes by encouraging "cost-cutters" who scale back or cancel TV service.

The new Apple TV doesn't have the option of web browsing but has had more access to TV shows despite encouraging a switch away from traditional TV altogether. Apple has had its direct TV show rental choices limited to ABC and Fox, but it can also stream shows from many channels through a local network that would be blocked to Google. [via GigaOM]

By Electronista Staff


  1. ClevelandAdv

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2004


    Someone was watching Caprica

    The one person who had a Google TV and wanted to see Caprica can't do it now, bummer for them.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2006


    there goes...

    Google TV down to the toilet. Now the studios can really appreciate Apple TV.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Not much point in buying an internet box

    when channels are going to be blocked. It sort of defeats the whole purpose of Google TV for $299.

  1. fizzy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2009


    so stupid

    Instead of the $299 Google TV, I hook a $299 netbook to my TV and watch Hulu just fine. Why does NBC think blocking one type of device serves any purpose? It's just an ego thing, with their own potential viewers losing in the middle.

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000


    Hacked Google TV

    Come on hackers, where's the hacked Google TV that spoofs IE?

  1. ebeyer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2004


    SyFy's got it wrong..

    SyFy's been hosing its customers for a while now. Even with Hulu Plus, a subscription service affiliated with NBC, episodes of Stargate Universe are delayed 30 days. Apparently this is to keep people from not watching cable or paying iTMS $1.99/episode. That choice is SyFy's privilege, but then why am I paying $10/mo to Hulu?

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