Google temporarily breaks free from computer and cloud-based applications as they introduce its latest products, the Google Fiber and Google Fiber TV.
The former is a broadband internet service provider that boasts of transfer speeds of 1000 megabytes per second. The latter is a newbie in the realm of cable television.
Google Fiber TV would begin operations in Kansas City, Missouri, where Google will allot $500 million in order to establish a fiber optic network, and could reach out to other places later on, based on demands.
Aside from being able to watch in High Definition on their television sets, users could also watch programs with their other gadgets, such as their personal computers, cell phones, and tablets. They could also keep copies of up to eight shows at once, with 1 terabyte of available cloud storage.
Users could also avail of various package deals, but they could get both the TV and broadband service for $120 per month, along with a free Nexus 7 tablet as the main controller. Google fiber is expected to change the trends and be a threat to other cable and internet service providers, as the differences are far-out.
The closest competitor, which is Verizon FiOS is equipped with a 300 megabytes per second rate, not even half the speed of Google Fiber, with Fiber TV to have all major broadcast networks and hundreds of “Fiber channels.” Google is also in favor of cancelling the $300 installation fee for new customers.
On the down side, Fiber has no support from most of the well-known cable networks, such as The Discovery Channel, ESPN, CNN, HBO, AMC, TNT, and CNBC, all of which are absent in its channel listings.
According to Marguerite Reardon, it would be best for Fiber TV to at least have similar channels with other providers. Also, while most of the plans are laid out, the necessities for the network to thrive have not yet been assembled, as it is not yet readily available to everyone, but only in places that show great demand, which can be expressed through voting on the Google Fiber web page.