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Things You Can't Watch on Google TV

Ah, the joys of Google TV. The magic set-top box can bring the Internet to your TV, and also allow you to browse available shows and clips from around the Internet in one clean interface . . . well, that's what it was supposed to do, anyway.

It seems that not all is going well for Google's new TV system, as major cable networks are lining up to block Google TV's access to their sites. ABC, CBS, NBC, SyFy, Hulu, and now FanCast are all blocked for Google TV users, which means the simple interface that searches web, video, and cable content will come up with fewer search results. Want to watch The Office? You're out of luck if you want to use your Google TV to do so from NBC's site or Hulu. But there is a way to avoid this problem altogether. Find out how, after the break.

Skip the Google TV and get yourself a Mac Mini instead. I've set up my home theater using a Mini, and not only can I browse the Internet or3 watch movies and TV via Netflix and Hulu, but I have iTunes ready to go, and can flip back and forth to cable (if I subscribed — that's right, I've kicked the cable habit). It's a pretty solid solution that I've grown to absolutely love.

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dannyomo dannyomo 5 years
Even with a generation-old Mac Mini you can run Plex. It's beautiful, efficient, and has a great iPhone app now that allows "Airplay-like" functionally.
Coffeetalkie Coffeetalkie 5 years
We canceled our cable in July, picked up a mac mini and with itunes, hulu, netflix, youtube, and a cheap digital antenna our options are as open ended as we could hope with a hundred bucks in our pocket every month... that could buy me two ipads every year! We moved the living room apple tv (yes, we have two) into our baby's room for all of the Veggie Tails he could ask for!
lauren lauren 5 years
I have given up cable too and will be buying a mac mini very soon. Yeah a macm mini is pricey but if you think about how much it costs for cable and the box everything else, you recuperate most of your costs pretty quickly!
meganbrody meganbrody 5 years
Too bad Google tv isn't as good as it promised to be! But an alternative is a service like tvdevo [dot com] . It offers a pretty wide range of TV shows and some live tv. For full length movies maybe not, but the tv shows and broadcasts are good.
meganbrody meganbrody 5 years
Too bad Google tv isn't as good as it promised to be! But an alternative is a service like http://www.tvdevo.com . It offers a pretty wide range of TV shows and some live tv. For full length movies maybe not, but the tv shows and broadcasts are good.
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