Technology Review: Google TV Faces Some Prime-Time Challenges

Unfortunately for Google, cable companies may not be keen to make their subscription services compatible with Google TV, for fear of handing over valuable information about their customers. These companies have tried to evade attempts by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to make cable boxes more open. Likewise, content providers have resisted efforts to connect televisions to their online services. Google admitted yesterday that it will be possible for video sites run by content providers, like Hulu, to block access to Google TV users. “They really have to get onside with some of the major content providers,” agrees Dixon.

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