Google To TV Industry: 'Yes, Yes, Cord Cutting Is A Myth; Google TV Is Nothing To Fear'
from the feeling-lucky? dept
We’ve already pointed out that the TV industry is in a serious bout of denial over the fact that people are really starting to cut the cord and go internet only. However, they know, deep in their hearts, that it’s happening. It explains why they’re doing silly things like forcing Hulu to block access to specific browsers in a crude attempt to block people from accessing internet television on their actual TVs. Google TV, for example, has been blocked. So, it should come as little surprise that Google TV execs are now suddenly claiming that they absolutely agree with the cable industry that cord cutting isn’t happening.
That’s Google’s story, and it’s sticking to it.
Of course, this is all really a rather transparent ploy by Google to convince TV/cable execs to back off the demands to block Google TV, by saying that there’s nothing to fear. Google TV doesn’t make more people ditch their cable TV… it just “enhances it.” Uh, yeah, sure. That’s not to say that products like Google TV don’t enhance cable TV. It could. But the Google folks must know damn well that if they do their job right, Google TV will likely convince more people that it’s perfectly fine to cut the cord. Somehow, I doubt that the cable execs fall for Google’s pretty words here.