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Viacom Latest To Ditch Google TV

  • GTVhub, Monday, November 22, 2010 3:18 PM
GTVHub has picked up on a pattern, which doesn't bode well for Google and its Web TV ambitions. Following blackouts from NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, Viacom has decided to take its content off Google TV. "That's right folks, Viacom is now blocking Google TV devices from streaming full episodes across their entire line of properties," writes the niche news blog.

Now, when Google TV users attempt to watch full episodes of content from Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, or Nickelodeon, among other Viacom properties, they'll be told: "Sorry, this content is unavailable for your device." GTVHub, for its part, is a little surprised that this didn't happen sooner, "especially given Viacom's rocky history with YouTube. " In addition to Google losing all its content partners, top tech reviewers panned the service last week. Under the headline, "Google TV: No Need to Tune In Just Yet," The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg wrote that Google "missed the mark," while The New York Times' David Pogue concluded: "On the great timeline of television history, Google TV takes an enormous step in the wrong direction: toward complexity."

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