Broadcasters 'misunderstand' Google TV, exec says
LOS ANGELES (AP) - November 2, 2010 -- Google TV's lead product manager says any attempt by broadcasters to seek payment for allowing their websites' content to be viewed through its Web-connected TVs represents a "misunderstanding" of what Google TV is.
Rishi Chandra said that asking Google Inc. to pay to access shows on websites is like asking Microsoft Corp. to pay every time Internet Explorer is used to access NBC.com.
Broadcasters ABC, NBC and CBS have blocked full episodes of their shows from being accessed through Google TV's web browser since the product became available last month.
Analysts said the move was intended to prevent people from canceling their TV subscriptions in order to watch the online versions for free.
Chandra spoke on the sidelines of the Streaming Media West conference on Tuesday.
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