Google TV adds porn

Sex sells, but can it transform Google TV into a winner?

Signs of the End Times: Kim Kardashian may help a Google product succeed. (AP Photo)

Signs of the End Times: Kim Kardashian may help a Google product succeed. (AP Photo)

The Los Angeles Times and other media are reporting the Vivid for Google TV channel launched Monday.

Vivid is the company behind such high-brow efforts as Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. After a lawsuit, the LA-based company settled with the unfortunately famous woman for $5 million.

Google TV, a $99 electronic box that makes it possible to watch Netflix or view websites on the living room boob tube, was released in 2010 to tepid reviews.

Logitech, the manufacturer of the standalone Google TV product, has had a hard time moving units. Recently, Logitech said more people were returning their units than keeping them. Probably because much of what the gadget does can be emulated by millions of PlayStation 3s and Xbox 360s already inhabiting precious entertainment center space.

A software update allows Google TV owners to use Android apps on a TV as well. Sony also includes Google TV services on some of its TVs and Blu-Ray players.

I find Google TV quite useful. I watch out of market baseball games on MLB.com — and sadly keep up with the Winnipeg Jets on NHL.com. The Netflix app works great, but it’s a bummer you can’t use Hulu.

Google and Apple (which makes Apple TV) have been loathe to add porn to their offerings, though Apple did make an exception for Playboy.

Vivid’s streaming channel will broadcast, in high definition “award-winning adult movies, celebrity sex tapes, XXX parodies of popular superheroes, educational videos and other content,” to those ages 18 and older who also subscribe to the company’s website, said the LA Times.

The adult film industry has seen a decline in revenue recently and has blamed the availability of free porn on the Internet as the cause of the slide. So, it’s a bit odd that Vivid and Google are teaming up to improve both their fortunes.

15 comments Add your comment

ND

November 9th, 2011
2:34 pm

I guess it really is a boob tube now.

Raoul

November 9th, 2011
2:45 pm

This is great. I’m really tired of cranking one out in front of the computer.

Sluggo

November 9th, 2011
3:27 pm

Just hope the wife and in-laws don’t wander down to the Man Cave this holiday season.

Former Season Ticket Holder

November 9th, 2011
5:54 pm

Winnipeg Jets? NHL.com? Is that some sort of sporting thing?

Long Duck Dong

November 9th, 2011
5:56 pm

Channel 69 ?

Atlanta native

November 9th, 2011
6:31 pm

Any company that would do anything with the “karTRASHians” is not worth my time. That family is a waste of breathable oxygen.

CynicalOne

November 9th, 2011
6:36 pm

No hulu.com? Why? It’s a web site, it shouldn’t matter what device you use to access it.

Curzen

November 9th, 2011
6:56 pm

C1: Hulu’s content providers are still under the delusion that there is a distinction between a PC and devices which are dedicated to be connected to a TV, thus not permitting Hulu content being streamed to the latter.

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Roekest

November 10th, 2011
9:18 am

Educational videos???

That’s awesome

Ricecakes

November 10th, 2011
9:32 am

SHAME ON YOU GOOGLE!

Cammi317

November 10th, 2011
10:29 am

I get HuluPlus on my Roku box.

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November 10th, 2011
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Jovan

November 16th, 2011
10:16 pm

I do not have an HDMI piece on my laptops. :(

Otherwise, I would hook it up to my flatscreens and watch some of the Vivid stuff.