Google TV blocked. Imagine the protests if sites blocked other browsers than IE and Firefox!

There's a story on Slashdot about how Hulu, NBC, and Other Sites Block Google TV. The summary includes a quote by one Lauren Weinstein:

Imagine the protests that would ensue if Internet services arbitrarily blocked video only to Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers!

Yes, imagine that. Imagine the massive protests. The world would be rallying around browsers that are being blocked.

Except that's not what's happening. …

The fact is that you don't have to imagine browser discrimination. You can find countless examples of sites that outright block browsers like Opera. Indeed, Google is as guilty of this as anyone else.

But there were few protests beyond those who were affected.

Now the Google is on the receiving end. Opera, a browser with more than 140 million users worldwide, has already been on the receiving end of browser discrimination for more than a decade.

It's hard to imagine the massive protests that aren't there.

I would welcome a debate around browser discrimination, though.

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10 thoughts on “Google TV blocked. Imagine the protests if sites blocked other browsers than IE and Firefox!

  1. :knight: One of the reasons why I have

    Why Open the Web?Despite the connecting purpose of the Web, it is not entirely open to all of its users. When used correctly, HTML documents can be displayed across platforms and devices. However, many devices are excluded access to Web content.http://my.opera.com/community/openweb/info/

    as part of every email signature I have

  2. Why aren't they blocking apple tv? In my opinion, that's the one that should be blocked. Google is open and good. (maybe not that good but if they were to do something bad their whole business model would fail)

  3. Originally posted by HuRRaCaNe:

    Why aren't they blocking apple tv?

    Apple TV doesn't have a browser. Never ever had.It can only get content from iTunes Store or partners.And what the networks don't like on Google TV is exactly that it is open. They want to charge (see Hulu Plus) if you want their content on your TV. PC for free, TV for a pay.The same happened with Boxee and Hulu already. At first, you could get Hulu on your TV via Boxee, using Hulu APIs and all. Then Hulu stopped the "partnership" with Boxee and them implemented a browser to access Hulu – that soon got blocked and so goes on…

  4. You can find countless examples of sites that outright block browsers like Opera.

    Indeed. Even in Poland, where Opera is very popular.

  5. Not only Opera, some governmental sites here in Indonesia required IE to display the website properly.Can u imagine, IE?

  6. It's like designing a powerful machine, but requiring customers to design a mutant shark to pilot the machine.Even popular services need to carefully weigh who they're alienating.

  7. Originally posted by srart:

    You miscomprehended the comment you quote, change OR to XOR and it makes much more sense.

    Who are you talking to?

  8. The comment was to the original post. If ONLY IE or FF could get video, then there would be protest. That is what the quote is saying.

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