Los Angeles – News Corp.’s (NYSE: NWS) Fox network has begun blocking
its TV programming from being accessed by Google TV, the company’s new device
and corresponding service that merge TV and Web video content and search,
Fellow major networks ABC, CBS and NBC have also blocked
access via Google (NASD: GOOG) TV, as has the Hulu video portal.
"We’re in the early
phases of Google TV and already have strong partnerships with Best Buy,
Logitech and Sony, among others," Google said in a statement to
"We are excited about the opportunities our new platform
creates for both established media companies like Turner and HBO, and tens of
thousands of content creators large and small.
"Google TV enables access to all
the web content you already get today on your phone and PC, but it is
ultimately the content owner’s choice to restrict users from accessing their
content on the platform."