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Disney TV chief says talking with Google

Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, speaks at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New York November 29, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co DIS.N and Google Inc GOOG.O are in talks that would allow ABC's online shows to be viewed on Google TV, but the two remain far apart on piracy concerns, Disney's TV chief Anne Sweeney told Reuters.

“It’s fair to say there’s conversation with Google,” Sweeney told Reuters and the Reuters Media Summit.

Google TV is a Web television service that lets viewers find Web content on television screens.

Last month, three networks, including CBS CBS.N, Disney's ABC and General Electric Co's GE.N NBC blocked their programing from Google TV, which puts the Web on people's television sets.

“More conversations are planned with them,” she said, but added, “I can’t characterize them as negotiations.”

Sweeney said the talks have been mostly focused on Disney’s concerns about piracy issues. Disney’s concern is that Google TV doesn’t completely block out all pirated content.

Reporting by Sue Zeidler; Editing by Richard Chang