I was giving the whole “TV networks block Google TV” situation some thought and came to conclusion: it really doesn’t matter. Would it be nice if one could visit a site like CBS.com and view available TV content for browser-based streaming? Sure. But is it a deal breaker when Google TV is designed to work with your TV provider’s set-top box, which includes live TV, DVR, and on-demand content? Nope. In fact, I believe most people would prefer to view the higher quality content from their TV provider than the gloriously pixelated, connection optimized (see above) 480p content from a TV network’s website on their HDTV. Yes, I’ve grumbled about what Google TV is lacking, but missing access to select TV networks’ websites isn’t high on my list. If anything, it’s a red-herring used by proponents of competing platforms who don’t provide any sort of true TV integration. What say you?
* Hey, Google TV Team… shoot me an email. I’d like to chat.
Tags: Google TV, Logitech Revue, Sony Internet TV
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