Source: Los Angeles Times
As Google TV inches closer to living rooms across the country, there is a fear brewing in Hollywood that what happened to the music industry will soon be upending the entertainment biz. We’re talking of course about the ongoing conflict between music and the Internet, and the continued debate over piracy. The LA Times featured a great piece late last night discussing the fears that Google TV will either A) cause hordes of people to ditch their cable or satellite provider and watch TV online for free, or B), result in rampant piracy due to Google’s refusal to block bootlegged movies and TV shows.
“It’s kind of an end-run around their control of signal, and that’s scary,” said Harold Vogel, president of media investment firm Vogel Capital Management, of broadcasters’ response to Google TV. “Because if you don’t control the signal, then you can’t provide your own advertising. It really destroys the legacy business model.”
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