Apparently, this rumor is so true. Google is moving beyond Android, its software business, and is delving into the cable television trade. In hindsight, this business venture shouldn’t be totally unexpected from a company that’s gone from a mere search page, to building phones and chromebooks. However even this is a bit unexpected and quite frankly, it’s getting increasingly hard to define Google. What would they be called now, ‘The internet, software, computer and cable company?’ That’s a mouthful, but it does have a nice ring to it.
Google announced on Thursday that it would bring its first high-speed citywide network to Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, which would provide ultra-fast internet as well as cable TV style service.The two cities beat over 1,100 other cities to become the first to try out this new service, Google Fiber.
The package, which Google spent months developing after announcing Kansas City as the first to test it, will run for $70 a month for the 1 gigabit-per-second internet service. Google is claiming this is 100 times faster than basic broadband connections. For an additional $50 a month, subscribers will get cable-TV like service over Google’s optical fiber as well as the Google Nexus 7 tablet that acts as a remote.
Google’s cable service will deliver HD channels with a line-up that includes Bravo, Discovery, Nickelodeon, Showtime and Starz but will be missing AMC, CNN, ESPN, Fox News and HBO, and the line-up is set to expand.
This expansion into the TV line of work doesn’t mean Google will be taking over just yet. The company stated it would start this service in neighborhoods and households that have enough people that want service in Kansas City. Residents have six weeks to pre-register and Google will then determine the places with high interest and offer this service there.
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