incrediBILL - 11:25 am on Oct 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm not sure what all this other nonsense has to do with Google TV.
The fact is that Google TV is a pure internet appliance, something those TV services already allow visitors to use, such as laptops, netbooks, desktops and smartphones.
Why block Google TV?
Why not block Opera, or Firefox?
As far as we the consumer are concerned, this is an access issue, and I'm inclined to side against the people blocking Google TV in this case because my TV is a legit internet device at this point.
I can access the net via my Wii, PS3 or even the laptop plugged into the TV, so why block a different valid internet appliance?
The answer is simple, greed.
These services already inject advertising into their content and now they want Google to pay as well, just like they want Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner, etc. to pay for "distributing" their content.
The difference here is that Google isn't a distributor, they merely supplied an internet device, not unlike a TiVo in a way, that allows us to easily search and play content.
What's next, they won't allow us to play Hulu from a Comcast IP address?
C'mon people, this is censorship of user access, I'd expect a bit more outrage.