Google the internet giant is showing the companies in broadband and paid TV market how services should be delivered by the release of its new service called Google Fiber. Google Fiber is an 1-gigabit-per-second internet service and now Google has also added the Google Fiber television service into it.
Google launched its 1-gigabit-per-second broadband service in Kansas City today and also unveiled a new interactive television service called Google Fiber TV, in a move it hopes will push the broadband and paid TV industries to deploy speedier networks at a lower cost.
Google Fiber TV is a service that provides interactive search for a TV that allows you to search your DVR as well as content you have on services like Netflix. It will include a DVR with up to 500 hours of storage of shows and movies all in 1080p High Definition. You can also record up to eight TV shows at once.
If you are living in this city then might get this amazing service from Google just by paying the 300 USD for every home that gets the fiber services for the construction of the fiber link. But if signed-up soon and become the early adopter then Google may also the waive that fee for you.
Google is offering three different packages. The Gigabit and Fiber TV service will cost $120 a month and will include 1Gbps connectivity on the upstream as well as downstream. There is no data cap. It also comes with 1 terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage. The TV service will include all the regular broadcast TV channels as well as hundreds of Google Fiber TV channels as well as thousands of TV shows on demand as well as premium movie channels.
There is not any official confirmation from Google whether traditional cable channels such as Discovery or ESPN will be included in the package. The company will also be giving away free Google Android Nexus 7 tablets to everyone who signs up for this service.
The second package is for broadband-only customers. It will cost $70 a month and offer 1 Gbps downloads and uploads. It will also provide the 1 Terabyte of data storage, as well as a network box for offering the service.
People who sign up for these two services will not have to pay the $300 construction fees for an introductory period.
The last package is geared toward the 25 percent of the Kansas City area people who may not have broadband already. Google will offer this service for a limited time only. It will be free to the customer who pays for the $300 fiber installation. And it will include 5 Gbps download speeds and 1 Gbps upload speeds for seven years.
Customers will have the option to upgrade the service to one of the 1Gbps packages. Google will allow customers for this plan to pay for the $300 construction plan on a monthly plan, paying $25 each month for the first year.
Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Access, said during the presentation that Google will make the service available to folks in Kansas City, Kansas as well as people in Kansas City, Missouri. The company will deploy the network first in “FiberHoods“ where there is the most interest from consumers.
Starting today, Google is launching virtual “Rallies” in which it is encouraging people throughout these cities to sign up on the Website expressing interest. If a neighborhood can get 40 to 80 households to preregister for the service, Google will begin deployments. From there, the company will hook up schools, libraries, government buildings and other publicly accessed buildings to the fiber network.
Google has also established a “fiber space” demonstration center where local residents can make appointments to learn more about the benefits of having a fiber network to their home as well as for the community.