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As expected, Google's (GOOG) Kansas City fiber network will offer pay-TV services to go with 1...

As expected, Google's (GOOG) Kansas City fiber network will offer pay-TV services to go with 1 Gbps broadband connectivity. iPad/Android tablet streaming will be included, as will a 2TB cloud DVR service. A TV/Internet package will cost $120/month, and standalone broadband service $70/month. Those prices are unlikely to send local rival Time Warner Cable (TWC) running for cover. Still no word on whether Google plans to expand its service to other cities.
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  • James Sands
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    It's still way cheaper to use AT&T U-verse for streaming. At the rate of durability for TVs, computers, etc., it makes the most sense to use a pure streaming service for content viewing rather than a traditional TV, let alone a premium more expensive TV.

     

    This summer will be interesting with the Olympics streamed for free and other sports content owners/distributors streaming events live. We all know shows and movies are extremely viable for this on-demand platform.

     

    The traditional TV consumer model isn't worth it anymore as TVs do not last very long. I would rather spend $500-700 for a computer system and awesome HD monitor, and re-buy in 2-3 years, than 2-3 times as much and have to re-buy in the same time frame.
    26 Jul 2012, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • Joshua007
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    We will have to see what the reception is like for this service. People that read these articles are going to want this service, but we have to see how economically profitable it is. I do like how the DVR is cloud-based, which I believe will be VERY important in the future as everything is in HD. If it is cloud based, they will be able to increase storage capacity easily (they might charge for it though). The other idea is that they should only have to record the show once, and then allow streaming access.
    Remember that this is GOOGLE... meaning, they like to make money off of advertising online... This could mean that they will start tracking and targeting ads cross-platform to their customers, and possibly leverage their ad experience for their video service.
    26 Jul 2012, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • abodner
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    Most servers aren't this fast. This means you'll be waiting for the server, instead of the other way around.
    26 Jul 2012, 06:30 PM Reply Like
  • Joshua007
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    As other areas increase their speeds and technology evolves, the servers and the rest of the infrastructure will be able to handle 1GB/s... although most people will never be able to see any usable difference over 100MB/s due to limitations of home routers and computers!
    26 Jul 2012, 10:19 PM Reply Like
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