The NFL has struck a deal with Google to bring its NFL Network and Redzone channels to Google Fiber, the search engine’s new experimental broadband Internet and TV service launching in Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. During their press release, the NFL took the opportunity to mention that Google Fiber is the second carrier in a Time Warner market that will be offering the NFL Network, reaffirming the fact that Time Warner is the only major cable provider to not offer the channels.
Perhaps this is just a ploy to pressure Time Warner into finally offering the NFL content, but in any case this is good news for football fans who are planning on getting Google Fiber. Ironically enough Google still hasn’t struck a deal with sports giant ESPN, but has already secured channels like Showtime, Starz, Comedy Central and CNBC.
There is still no word as to when Google Fiber will officially launch, but Kansas City residents have until September 9th to pre-register for the chance to receive service.
[via LA Times]
When Google’s experimental high-speed Internet and cable TV service was first announced, a lot of questions were raised about the quality and quantity of the TV offering. To address some of these early concerns, Google has posted some updated plan and pricing information on the Google Fiber page.
To date there are a total of 185 channels available, including two premium add-on offerings in Starz and Showtime. Each area available for $10 per month, with the Starz package featuring 17 channels and the Showtime package featuring 11 channels. There is also a Hispanic package available for $5 per month.
For more information about the Google Fiber TV package including a full channel list, visit the plans and pricing page here.
Google has announced that they are licensing Rovi’s program guide patents to power the set-top boxes for the recently announced Google Fiber high-speed Internet and TV service. Google Fiber will debut in Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas) and will offer download speeds of 1 Gbps and over 130 HDTV channels. Samir Armaly, Rovi’s EVP, Worldwide Intellectual Property & Licensing, had the following to say about the new partnership:
“Our agreement with Google continues the growth and relevance of our patent licensing program for not only traditional platforms, but also new media experiences across multiple screens. We are pleased that the relevance of our intellectual property in this space continues to be recognized by leading companies such as Google.”
It is not yet known if any elements of the Google TV operating system will be incorporated into the set-top boxes powering the TV side of Google Fiber. Continue after the break for the full press release.
Last week we told you that Google was planning to formally announce its Google Fiber service on July 26th. The day has finally arrived, and as expected the search giant has announced its first foray into the high-speed network arena.
Google Fiber will debut in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, and will offer download speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second. This is a staggering number to say the least, but what is also fascinating about Google Fiber is the announcement of a TV service as well.
It’s been known for a while that Google has been planning a fiber optic network to deliver high-speed Internet and possible cable television. Well, we will have a definitive answer on July 26th, as indicated by a short teaser announcement posted on the official Google Fiber website.
At this point we can only speculate what, if anything, this could have to do with Google TV. If the plan is to offer cable television service, it is almost certain that Google TV will be included in whatever set-top box will go along with the service.
Stay tuned for more information on July 26th.
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