Settle Down, Internet, There’s Still Plenty To Watch On Google TV
Oh noes! No more Fox on Google TV! This will surely cause the Pleideans to finallyÂ overrunÂ the earth. Clearly us humans are not capabile of getting along. Hopefully the aliens above know that two of the world’s largest media conglomerates haven’t taken the same stance as Disney or NBC Universal. Both Time Warner’s and Viacom’s entire web library works just fine on Google TV and will probablyÂ continueÂ to do so as the second and fourth largest media companies in the world seemingly embraced the platform.
I’m notÂ backpedalingÂ on my Google TV “wait” recommendation but the platform is far from dead in the water. Both Time Warner and ViacomÂ constituteÂ a major portion of the cable channels and their entire library — from what I can tell at least — still works. These two media giants even have shortcuts to their video sites built into the Google TV backend, seemingly encouraging users to check out their content through the Internet.
This whole thing is silly, really. If News Corp, Disney, NBC Universal, and CBS are going to put their content online for free, then said media should beÂ accessibleÂ on any Internet platform. That’s exactly what Avner Ronen said to Erick Schonfeld yesterday in reference to his Boxee Box. The game they’re playing right nowÂ stiflesÂ innovation, leaving the lowly consumer as theÂ primaryÂ victim. Google TV isn’t even about disruption. It’s about merging subscription-based TV with the content already provided free by the media companies. Sigh.