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Viacom block Google TV: no Comedy Central, MTV, VH1 or more

Viacom block Google TV: no Comedy Central, MTV, VH1 or more

Viacom has become the latest content provider to block Google TV from accessing its streaming content, meaning shows on networks including Comedy Central, MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon are now no longer available to watch on Google's STB. GTVHub spotted the "sorry, this content is unavailable for your device" message when trying to tune in to full episodes over the weekend, though some shorter clip content still works.

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ARM in Google TV talks over cheaper, energy-frugal STBs

ARM in Google TV talks over cheaper, energy-frugal STBs

ARM has confirmed it is in talks with Google regarding running future Google TV hardware on ARM processors, though neither company is talking details at present. Speaking in Taipei this week, ARM president Tudor Brown confirmed the discussions and said that if Google TV is to succeed it needs to use less power and be cheaper, taking a mild sideswipe at rival Intel.

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Samsung Making Google TV Related Announcement in January

Samsung Making Google TV Related Announcement in January

Logitech and Sony have been getting all of the Google TV love over here in the States, as both companies have launched products with Google's software installed in the last few weeks. While Logitech focused their attentions on a set-top box, Sony went all-out with a few options for integrated TVs, as well as a Blu-ray player. Samsung, not wanting to be left out of the party, has come forward and announced that, come this January, the company will make a formal announcement regarding their Google TV plans.

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Fox blocks Google TV

Fox blocks Google TV

Fox has become the latest network to block Google TV access to their online video content. While there's no official comment from the company as to the change, spotted by GTVHub, it's presumably a move to pressure Google into signing distribution deals rather than relying on semi-freely distributed content.

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Logitech Mini Controller for Google TV debuts

Logitech Mini Controller for Google TV debuts

If you ran out and picked up the new Google TV offering from Logitech or have another device that supports Google TV, you might be interested in this slick little Mini Controller from Logitech. The thing is designed to give you all the Google TV experience without having to resort to a larger and more complex controller.

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Logitech Revue teardown reveals the inevitable

Logitech Revue teardown reveals the inevitable

It's not so much a rite of passage, now, but an honor to be considered geekily-cool enough to be subject to an iFixit teardown, and latest to splay its circuits across the test bench is the Logitech Revue.  The standalone Google TV STB has given up its secrets quite readily, with plenty of standard Phillips-head screws and generally standard connectors.

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Why $100 is the sweet spot for the right set-top box

Why $100 is the sweet spot for the right set-top box

The set-top box market is heating up. Currently, the Apple TV is on store shelves, along with the new Logitech Revue, several Roku boxes, and many more products that are vying for your wallet. The only issue is, there isn’t a single device on the market right now that delivers everything consumers are really looking for. And the reason why is quite simple: they’re all overpriced.

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Google TV hits network roadblock over content piracy concerns

Google TV hits network roadblock over content piracy concerns

Google is facing ongoing problems accessing streaming content through Google TV, according to the WSJ, with networks ABC, CBS and NBC all confirming that they were blocking the system.  No official reasons for the block have been made public, but sources familiar with the matter are partially blaming studio concerns over the presence of pirated content showing up in Google TV searches.

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Sony Says TV Prices Will Decrease by Year’s End, Thanks to Increasing Inventory

Sony Says TV Prices Will Decrease by Year’s End, Thanks to Increasing Inventory

TV prices range pretty dramatically, depending on the features in the TV, the size, and the manufacturer. But, it looks like Sony is expecting to watch the TV prices overall start to decline. In a way to stay competitive, if the majority of companies involved in the TV market begin to drop their prices, then other companies will immediately follow suit to stay relevant, especially as certain sized models reach price points of interest for the general consumer. But, Sony's Vice President also points out that just because the prices drop, the market may not see an expansion of sales.

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Logitech Revue Android controller app hits Market

Logitech Revue Android controller app hits Market

Logitech's Google TV remote control app has landed in the Android Market, turning your smartphone into a touchscreen controller for the new internet-centric Logitech Revue.  Offering both a trackpad and a keyboard, together with more typical buttons for channels and volume, it promises instant setup as long as both Android device and Revue are on the same network.

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YouTube Leanback graduates as Google TV is nigh

YouTube Leanback graduates as Google TV is nigh

YouTube Leanback has had one of the shortest beta inceptions of any Google product, but with Google TV arriving in US stores this week it's had to grow up quickly.  The system - which basically gives streaming YouTube videos a more TV-friendly interface - will be the center of the Google TV YouTube experience.

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Sony planning LCD HDTV outsourcing to Foxconn/Wistron?

Sony planning LCD HDTV outsourcing to Foxconn/Wistron?

Sony is reportedly looking to outsource production of its high-end LCD HDTVs, with Foxconn tipped to take responsibility for the Japanese company's frameless sets and Wistron the recently-unveiled Sony Google TV range.  According to DigiTimes' sources, the decision is primarily a cost-saving one, with Sony looking to outsource 70- to 80-percent of LCD TV production having just managed to turn around six years of consecutive financial losses by the division.

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