Are we beginning to see a pattern yet? Just when we thought (or at least we were hoping) that Fox was going to be the last major network to block Google TV, Viacom has arrived just in time to rain on our parade. That’s right folks, Viacom is now blocking Google TV devices from streaming full episodes across their entire line of properties.
Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon are just a few of the Viacom owned networks that bring up the dreaded “sorry, this content is unavailable for your device” when attempting to stream a full episode from their websites. The only upside to all of this is the fact that the user agent fix (that still works on Fox.com mind you) allows you to get around this little hiccup.
I’m honestly a little surprised that this didn’t happen sooner, especially given Viacom’s rocky history with YouTube. I should also point out that you can occasionally get short clips and snippets to work, but full episodes are a no go. It will certainly be interesting to see how long the user agent fix continues to work, but for now we can officially cross Comedy Central and all other Viacom networks off our list of sites that still allow the streaming of full episodes on Google TV.
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