TVNewser TVSpy FishbowlNY FishbowlDC AgencySpy PRNewser SocialTimes GalleyCat

Google jumps into the TV business with Fiber

Amazing how quickly the television space is changing. As Google unveiled its new one-gigabit-per-second fiber service in Kansas City today, it made a surprise announcement: residents will be able to sign up for a new Google Fiber TV service with a respectable list of channels out of the gate, tablet viewing, searchable programming, a HD DVR (up to 500 hours and 8 shows at once) and a free Google Nexus tablet thrown in to use as a remote control.

The service also promises that viewers will be able to “share what you are watching with your friends and keep up with what people are talking about.”

The TV package runs $120 a month (fiber broadband plus the TV service) with a $300 set-up to wire the fiber to the home (which Google is waiving at first for one-year contracts). Of course, it’s just available in Kansas City for now — and in only neighborhoods that commit to enough subscribers to bring it there — but announcement sends a message that Google is now in the TV business for real.

Here’s the presentation from today. Fast-forward to 28:54 for the TV demo.

Sponsored Content

TV Everywhere is Making Authenticated Content Easier to Access

TV EverywhereTV Everywhere is the technological ability to watch whatever you want, whenever, however you want it (from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). It’s included as part of your cable subscription service, so it comes at no extra charge to you. The best part is that it is easy. The TV Everywhere site (http://www.youcouldbewatching.tv/) by CTAM (Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing) will guide you through the log-in and authentication process online and direct you to the individual cable and networks apps so that you can start watching TV everywhere.