With the launch of a new fiber network in Kansas City today, Google also announced the availability of Fiber TV. Google thinks it is an entirely new way to experience TV, promising users, “You don’t have to settle for old-time television anymore.” In reality, it sounds like a supercharged version (in a good way) of the venerable cable box. Fiber TV is a combination of apps, services, and the set top box that provides access to television shows and the ability to record up to 500 hours of TV and eight shows at once.
Google is making apps available for both iOS and Android that let users control live TV and the DVR using text or speech. A Nexus 7 is included in the package and serves as a remote for the system. If a user wants, they can integrate the service with their Google+ stream and other social networks.
There are some downsides, not the least of which is the limited geographical availability. Google has not yet secured the ability to carry some of the more popular channels as well, like ESPN or AMC. Fiber TV is a part of Google’s whole Fiber plan and costs $120 per month. Google will waive a $300 “construction fee” if you sign a two-year contract.
It will be interesting to see how this is received and if demand spreads. It would be nice if this at least creates pressure on other TV services to ramp up their offerings in an effort to match Google. Does the Fiber TV option sound like something you would be interested in? Let us know.
source: The Verge