Google has announced that it will offer a full pay TV service over its new state-of-the-art network in Kansas City.
As part of its new 1Gbps Google Fiber service in the city, Google TV bundled with the 1Gbps internet will cost US$120 (€98) a month, which will include an eight-tuner set-top and 2TB of DVR storage, along with a Nexus 7 tablet that customers can use as a remote control. The 1Gbps internet service on its own costs US$70, with a low-end free 5Mbps offer plus US$300 installation charge to draw new customers in.
The move means that Google will be competing directly with cable and DTH providers in the US for the first time.
Separately, Google has added a “console-class” gaming service to its Google TV offering. The OnLive service offers a range of game including Batman: Arkham City and Darksiders II, allowing users to play the first 30 minutes of most game free of charge. The service offers a subscription package with unlimited access to 200-plus titles.
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