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Turner's TBS, TNT apps for Google TV to need authentication

09/21, 6:20pm

TBS and TNT Google TV apps need existing cable

Turner has confirmed that it has Google TV apps for TBS and TNT in development but which will be limited. Following premature appearances on Android Market, a representative told GigaOM that both apps will require that viewers sign in with an account linked to traditional TV service to watch video. Authentication has been common on mobile apps but hasn't shown up on TV through the lack of third-party apps.

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TBS for iPad mirrors sibling TNT app

09/12, 2:55pm

Concentrates on comedy content

TBS has launched TBS for iPad, its first foray into iPad video. Coming from the same parent company the title is essentially a mirror of its TNT counterpart, the main feature being access to full-length episodes of shows like Conan or The Office. Gaining access to complete content requires authenticating with a cable or satellite provider.

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SyFy joins list of channels blocking Google TV

11/08, 9:00pm

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.

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Apple planning January news with tablet in store?

12/22, 6:15pm

Leak claims January news, tablet possible

Apple is planning an unveiling in January for an unspecified product, a rumor asserted Tuesday evening. As part of a leak whose sources back reports of an iTunes TV subscription plan, the Financial Times claims that Apple is "preparing an announcement" for next month. The newspaper says it has no knowledge of what the event would include but speculates that the often-rumored tablet could make its appearance.

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CBS, Disney ready for iTunes TV subscriptions?

12/21, 10:45pm

Subscription iTunes TV, tablet in works

Apple may have two studios lined up for its proposed iTunes TV subscription plan ahead of a winter tablet lanch, sources claim Monday night. Where before the rumored service had merely been proposed to studios, anonymous tips now suggest that CBS and Disney are at least "considering" signing onboard. Under the plan, at least some TV shows across participating networks would be available through a monthly subscription, including CBS and its sibling CW network as well as ABC, ABC Family and the Disney Channel.

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