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SyFy Begins Blocking Google TV

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Want to watch SanctuaryStargate Universe or Caprica on your Google (s GOOG) TV? Well, you’re out of luck, at least if you’re looking for free episodes on

The SyFy Channel just joined the list of programmers that block Google TV users from accessing full episodes on their sites, with the video player displaying the following message:

“Sorry, the video you’re trying to watch is not currently available on this device.”

GtvHub reported first about the blocking late Saturday, and we were able to confirm it when we tried to access SyFy content with a Logitech (s LOGI) Revue.

The move isn’t entirely surprising. SyFy belongs to NBC Universal, (s GE) which has been blocking Google TV from accessing video content on ever since the first Google TV devices reached the market last month.

Google TV users have also been blocked from accessing content from Hulu, ABC (s DIS) and CBS. (s CBS) Some were able to regain access by using various workarounds, but sites like Hulu have been quick to close any loopholes.

However, cable networks have so far been more open to Google TV than the broadcasters. We found that content from most cable channels is still available on the device.

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8 Responses to “SyFy Begins Blocking Google TV”

  1. All of those sites will have until the Android Market becomes available on the GoogleTV to embrace the future – or people will do it for them. Ie, someone is sure to find a way to bypass it then.

  2. It drives me nuts to hear studios complain to no end about piracy, but when they have a chance to make their product more compelling to consumers, they restrict it in these ways. If you take away the content, consumers are still going to find it, the difference is that you won’t be able to sell ads around it. Whether you’re talking Bitrorrent, Megavideo or Rapidshare, all of these shows are still available on some of the less mainstream channels. This means that the only ones who end up being hurt by this are the studios who are insisting on these policies in the first place and the consumers who play by the rules and let large Hollywood conglomerates dictate how, when and where you can watch content, just so that they can keep growing their profits quarter after quarter. It’s not stealing if the studios refuse to provide a product at all, it’s civil disobedience. Here’s hoping that the consumers who are being burned by this aren’t afraid to protest.

  3. Swisslakes

    I beleive Google TV will have a Smooth European lunch and rest of the World than USA

    People think that Google TV about TV Episodes and Networks but it is More than that.

    i am more in Browsing on my TV , more than Video Calling and Social Networking and Online Gaming for my Kids

    At the end of the Day the loser will be Hulu and other