New Fiber TV from Google could change how you watch TV

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

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • canadiangoogler

    bring it to canada i am in !! this is what i was telling to people when google acquired moto, moto was one of the largest stb manufactures.

  • virtualCableTV

    Fiber TV is apparently being priced at the same level the cable companies currently charge: too expensive with fees rising and rising.

  • Steve

    I’ll wait for Apple to release their TV. I have a Google TV. Umm, it was kind of disappointing. So yeah, I’ll wait. Not sure how this will go.

    • Nudo

      Apple Fiber? Lol!