Google’s new Fiber TV service adds content

Californian firm Avail-TVN has been contracted to provide content for Google’s new managed IPTV service ‘Fiber TV’, delivered over the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service it has built in Kansas City.

Avail-TVN is to provide a wide range of studio, cable and broadcast network content in a range of formats for the new TV service, along with a wide range of digital licensing and enabling technologies.

The new TV service is available as part of a double-play package of broadband plus TV, costing US$ 120 per month and offering downstream Internet speeds of an incredible 1 Gbps, plus around 185 linear channels included as standard, along with a new Nexus 7 tablet to control the service, and a DVR with 2TB of storage.

Google launched its Fiber TV service at the same time as its new broadband services, and both have already attracted great interest and speculation that they may pave the way for further launches elsewhere in the US at a later date.

Meanwhile, US firm Rovi has revealed that it has signed a multi-year patent agreement with Googlewhich will see its interactive programme guide used in the latter’s Fiber TV service, including on set-top boxes, mobile devices, and on the Web – a clear indication that the search giant plans to offer TV Everywhere services at a later date.

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