You may be able to watch The Office
on your Google TV
, but perhaps not on demand -- ABC, CBS and NBC are barring Sony and Logitech's web-infused TVs and set-top-boxes from accessing full episodes of streaming video content. The Wall Street Journal
reports that all three networks have confirmed the ban, and that Fox hasn't yet reached a decision on whether it will ban Google TV as well. For its part, Google says that it's "ultimately the content owners' choice to restrict their fans from accessing their content on the platform," so don't expect the search company to pitch in, unless it can work out some premium arrangements
for all parties involved. This is the part where we'd normally direct you to the simple browser tweak
that made Hulu accessible when it pulled the very same stunt, but alas, we're finding Hulu too is once again blocked.
Update: Reuters reports
that Google is "actively negotiating" with the three networks after all.