Networks Block Google TV to Protect Themselves

By Andrew Gauthier 

Los Angeles Times

The three major broadcast networks, uneasy over viewers bypassing cable and satellite providers — and the networks’ own websites — to watch their TV shows, have begun blocking a new service from Google Inc. that aims to make it easier for people to watch programming online.

ABC, CBS and NBC confirmed that this week they began blocking Google TV from accessing full-length episodes of prime-time shows such as “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “Parks & Recreation,” a move aimed at forestalling the technology giant’s entry into the living room.


Google TV seeks to marry the Internet with television by enabling viewers to search the Web for shows and then watch them on their TV sets. More…