Schmidt: Nothing to Worry About With Google TV Partners, Talks are Going Well


When asked about hesitation from networks and content providers on Google TV, Eric Schmidt answered it as bluntly as he could: everyone’s making it out to be worse than it really is. The asker of the question is referring to sites like blocking any and all Google TV devices from accessing their content, and partners like Fox, CBS, and more following with their own-hosted options. And even with this sudden trend of providers steering clear of Google TV, Schmidt assured everyone that the talks are going fine and have been very positive. To what extent? He didn’t get into all of that, but the short version of his response can be expressed as such: stop worrying. Google TV will survive and it will be fruitful for everyone involved.

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[via Web 2.0 Summit]

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  1. I believe

  2. I realy hope so!!
    Cause im looking forrward to see google tv here in switzerland!!

  3. What else is he going to say? “Everybody panic!”

  4. I hope so. The online TV content is the whole reason I want Google TV. If the networks would just sell the same commercial content online, it wouldn’t be an issue. It’s not the commercials on network TV I mind, it’s the schedule.

  5. i’m scared, either way

  6. One would think all this would have been hammered out before this went on the market. Jus sayin’

  7. someone please answer me this:

    And what about blocking Android 2.2 Adobe flash enabled web browsers from viewing tv shows?!?!?!?

    what about that !

  8. I returned the logitech revue….no content except YouTube….

  9. Email from Hulu:

    Michael, Nov 14 10:58 (PST):

    Thanks for getting back to me. Our Android app is indeed coming soon, but I don’t know for certain about Google TV. I’m optimistic about it – but I don’t have any specific information.


    Hulu Support

    Hopefully with and android app coming soon at least hulu plus should be right behind!

  10. James: What about it?

  11. @#10

    in other words

    why does hulu, and ABC and other tv content providers block their tv shows from the Nexus One web browser

    more specifically from any android adobe flash enabled phone?

    so the CEO of google said not to worry about Google TV, well what about the mobile users ?!?!?!

  12. @ #11

    Hulu blocked Android devices because Hulu has some content that they are not allowed to show outside the US. With Android they can’t guarantee which country you are in… or so I am told.

    I kinda think this is a BS answer though because a normal computer user could just use a US proxy and Hulu would be none the wiser. The same could be done with Android but they won’t even let US viewers have access. As for what Keola said, it might be because they are working on their own Android app and want to use that to control how the content flows. But once again what is to stop people outside the US from getting a copy of the Hulu app and using a proxy to connect?

  13. @Zerix
    I dont believe this is the case. I am currently stationed in Guam and even though we are a US territory, I have noticed other streaming content on my Logitech Revue is blocked just like on my PC due to the “country” I am in. Granted I have found ways around these restrictions but so far the restrictions are no different on Google TV then they are on a PC.

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