Google TV, more an internal project than a real business unit, has been moved under YouTube manager Salar Kamangar. This means little in terms of real change to the platform but it will give Google TV, thus far plagued with refusals by many content providers to allow streaming over the device, a bit more leverage with stations and studios.
The clear goal here is to use YouTube’s might the encourage full-length video and clips to flow from YouTube proper to Google TV-enabled devices. In our own tests Google TV is actually fairly painful and barren without external content and Hulu compatibility has, thus far, been an important part of almost any streaming device. Here’s hoping the YouTube move solves some of these rights issues.