Google Testing IPTV Service in Kansas City

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

That’s Kansas City, Kansas, AND Kansas City, MO.  (They must love the bbq).  The IPTV service that Google is launching will offer multiscreen access to 161 channels including top cable networks like HBO, Disney Channel, ESPN, Fox News Channel, TNT, TBS and AMC.

“The average Internet speeds in the U.S. are 5.8 Megabits per second down and 1.2 Mbps up.  This is incredibly slow compared to the rest of the developed world,” said Google vice president of access Milo Medin. “I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard someone say they think their Internet connection is too fast. Google Fiber’s Internet is 100 times faster than most Americans have today.”

The pilot service will be delivered via Google’s Fiber Optic and will cost about $70 a month for all you can eat for standalone Internet service, and $120 per month with a two-year contract and promises  IPTV plus 1 Gbps downstream and upstream access, with no caps or overage charges.    The other option is that users can pay a one time installation fee of $300, and then get 5 Mbps downstream Internet access for free to boot.  Users can also pay $25 a month for the internet access with a 12 month, $25 a month commitment.

“”This is incredibly slow compared to the rest of the developed world.” It’s not just Internet TV — but real TV that you used to be able to get only from your cable or satellite provider,” Medin said. “You don’t have to settle for old-style television any more.”

The Google Fiber TV service includes a 2-Terabyte DVR, which is enough storage for up to 500 hours of HD programming, with the ability to record up to eight shows at once. Subscribers will have access to “tens of thousands” of VOD titles. The TV service also will be available on Android and iOS devices, and will include a voice-enabled search function.

The Google Fiber TV service includes a 2-Terabyte DVR, which records up to eight shows simultaneously and allows for recording of 500 hours in HD,  a  vast video on demand library, and streaming to Android and iOS devices.  Google Fiber will also provide  a Siri like voice-enabled search function for mobile users.  In addition to the all you can eat streaming TV options, Google Fiber will also include 1 Terabyte of Google storage for photos and other media.

And for those who commit to the TV service package, Google will even toss in a Google Nexus 7 tablet which will have an Android app that can serve as a TV remote.  That’s a $200 value that almost makes up for the $300 installation/construction fee.

The service will go head to head against the dominant cable provider in the area, Time Warner Cable, which maxes out at just 50 MBPS download and far less for uploads.  TWC also has bandwidth caps and will likely throttle heavy users who have abandoned their cable service in favor of alternatives like Netflix or Hulu.  They also require services like ESPN and HBO ToGo to only be available by logging into their website first when streaming to a mobile device or computer.

Google VP Milo Medin went further to say that Google’s Fiber project is an attempt to get local governments to move towards a faster internet specification and to open up competition against companies like Time Warner that zealously guard an obsolete business model with bandwidth caps and throttling speeds.

And FCC chairman Julius Genachowski went further by saying that the Google Fiber project,will help the U.S. remain “globally competitive” by providing faster broadband speeds and capacitywhich will help wotj innovations in healthcare, education, business services and more,” Genachowski said.

Screw that, I just want to stream “Lillehammer.”

Source – MultiChannel

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.


  1. Joshua Earles-Bennett says:

    Let’s wait and see what Time Warner does. Will they compete with innovation or will they litigate.