Google Dumps TV Ser­vice

Sound & Vision - - THE CONNECTED LIFE -

If you’re liv­ing in one of the few com­mu­ni­ties get­ting Google Fiber, and you’re sub­scrib­ing to TV as well as in­ter­net, count your­self lucky. Google is killing the tra­di­tional TV com­po­nent of the ser­vice to con­cen­trate on the in­ter­net com­po­nent, which of course is per­fectly ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing video stream­ing. Ex­ist­ing TV cus­tomers get to keep their ser­vice for the fore­see­able fu­ture—but at a price. Google Fiber TV sub­scribers in Char­lotte are get­ting hit with a $20/month in­crease, and new cus­tomers in that area will pay an ex­tra $30. But sign up in the new mar­kets of Louisville and San An­to­nio, and you won’t even have the op­tion of TV ser­vice. Google no doubt has its eye on the fu­ture. By 2020, ac­cord­ing to Eric­s­son Con­sumerLab, on-de­mand view­ing will catch up with lin­ear view­ing, and half of it will be done on a mo­bile screen.—MF

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