Google Fiber TV Is Still The Best Deal Around (In Kansas City)

    August 10, 2012
    Zach Walton
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During the initial Google Fiber announcement, the most exciting prospect was Google Fiber TV. Not just for the absolute insane HD quality that you’ll get through fiber, but the price as well. For only $120 a month, subscribers will get a router, a 2TB DVR, a Wi-Fi enabled set top box and a Nexus 7 tablet. Your $120 pays for 185 channels, but the company has so far remained silent on premium channels and pricing.

Google announced today that they have entered into an agreement to offer Showtime and Starz to subscribers. Unfortunately, there is HBO, but that might come later. For now, subscribers can tack an additional 17 Starz channels and 11 Showtime channels for only $10 a piece. That’s an incredible value considering how much TV alongside premium channels go for these days.

For their Spanish speaking customers, Google also announced that they will be offering some of the most popular Hispanic channels for only $5 a month. Those channels are Univision tlnovelas, FOROTv, Telehit, Bandamax, Ritomoson Latino, De Película and De Película Clásico.

Here’s the full breakdown of all the channels you’ll get with both Showtime and Starz on Google Fiber TV:

Starz ($10/month for Gigabit + TV customers): Starz, Starz Cinema, Starz Comedy, Starz Edge, Starz in Black, Starz Kids and Family, Encore, Encore Action, Encore Español, Encore Family, Encore Love, Encore Drama, Encore Suspense, Encore Westerns, IndiePlex, MoviePlex, RetroPlex

Showtime ($10/month for Gigabit + TV customers): Showtime, Sho2, Sho Beyond, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Family Zone, Sho Next, Showtime Showcase, Sho Women, Flix, The Movie Channel, The Movie Channel Xtra

Once again, it’s a shame that HBO is not included with the launch of Google Fiber TV. The omission can be chalked up to the channel being owned by Time Warner. None of Time Warner’s channels will be available on Google Fiber TV for obvious reasons. It seems that Time Warner is going to use HBO as a bargaining chip to keep people subscribed to their more expensive broadband and TV package.

Google Fiber is still in the planning stage with neighborhoods competing to see who will get it first. From there, Google will start installing Fiber in homes starting next month. At that point, it will be interesting to see if Time Warner will change its tune once they start losing customers to Google.

  • Terry Henderson

    Too expensive… TOO EXPENSIVE!!!!

  • http://iRealter.com Robert Harrington

    Too much money. It looks like $120 per month, then an extra $50.00 for the good channels and then my $80.00 smart phone bill on top…so now I am at $250 for media. This is a new car payment territory boys.
    I already have cable and Internet with more channels than I need, most of them crappy.

    Google or who-ever needs to give me new content first..and then tell me I need Google to deliver it. That’s what you did with You Tube. Operative words there are “New Content” cause you are in the entertainment biz now Mr. Google

  • Stefan Jobes

    Time Warner Cable and Time Warner are two totally separate and independent companies (each have their own stock ticker and management). TWC only licenses the Time Warner name. HBO is definitely NOT a bargaining chip for TWC, for obvious reasons.

    Rumor is that Larry Page was pretty peeved about Entourage being cancelled and vowed to go “thermonuclear on the harlots that took down Vinny Chase”. Good luck getting HBO on Google fiber.

  • Anthony

    Not expensive at all! This is the best deal ever. 2tb for dvr included? That is crazy! My cable bill right now is 180 a month. I do not even have showtime just hbo and starz. Even if this will cost 200 a month I am going with it. Totally beats out anything now

  • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

    I don’t think for what you are getting it’s any more expensive than if you were a Verzion Fios customer, and consider you are at gigabit speeds, not 50mb/50mb like Fios has for a cap. What I’d like to know is how much after the 2yr contract is up will Google’s service become. I know with Fios it becomes hundreds of dollars more a month, so if you have to give up that new car just to get higher speed internet now, imagine after 2 years when you have to give up your blazing fast internet and Google or Fios TV service altogether and move back to cheaper cable tv and internet. It would be like having to trade in your Ferrari for a Ford because you can’t afford it anymore.

  • http://www.pixielatedpixels.com Chris Lord

    This is not expensive at all. I pay over 170 bucks now for TWC and have NO premium channels. The download speeds are far less than gigabit and the upload speeds which I really need as I upload a ton of hi-res photography is practically useless. I would switch in an instant if Google became available in my building. I still can’t get FIOS and I’m in NYC! No choice sucks.

  • Larry S. Jackson

    I welcome any competition to Comcast and would switch in a heartbeat if the service ran to all my cable outlets in the house without having to rent a box for each one.

  • Jessica

    For the guy paying over $170/mo and has no premium channels, I say “wtf”? Unless you are purchasing a lot of movies on demand every month, you may want to find out what is going on with your bill! I don’t pay more than $113/mo with TWC, and with that I have an HD DVR, HBO, Showtime, digital home phone, and their fastest internet (50 Mbps). It may not be “Google Fiber fast”, but this is really fast internet. I don’t download movies a lot, but if I did, that few extra seconds of download it takes is well worth the money I save with TWC. Also I’m a HUGE Game of Thrones fan. There is NO WAY I’m gonna part with my HBO!