Google Fiber: Advanced Internet And TV Offerings
It is a great news for technology enthusiasts that Google has launched a new fiber optic based internet and television service, also called as Google Fiber. This was done on an experimental basis in Kansas City, USA. In the coming weeks and months, US citizens are going to get a power packed entertainment coupled with the ultra-high speed internet connection and a variety of TV services.
You will get the bandwidth of 1 gigabyte per second both for downloads and uploads.There will not be any restrictions on the usage.
The speed is almost hundred times more than the current average internet connection speeds in the US. We shall have a look at the current internet service’s capability to understand Google’s imperative.
What’s on offer from traditional internet service providers?
AT & T offers internet connection speeds at 24 Mbps downloads and 3 Mbps uploads. Under U-verse U450 TV plan, you can access 430 TV channels including HBO and Cinemax.
Using DVR mode you can record 4 TV channels at a time and the maximum storage capacity is video content of 65 hours. The service is available across 22 states on a monthly subscription of $188.
Time Warner offers internet connection speeds at 50 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads. Under Signature Home Package, you can access 350 television channels which will not include premium channels.
Using two DVRs you can a total of 4 channels in parallel and a maximum HD video of 150 hours. The advantage is that you will have access to phone service. This service is available across 29 states on a monthly subscription of $199.
What’s done differently by Google internet and TV services?
Google’s TV service offers you the capability to record different TV shows at a time. By featuring the DVR, you can store High Definition Television programs that run for more than 500 hours.You can also use Nexus 7 as a remote control in this process.
Internet service is made available at $70 per month and TV services can be availed at $120 per month. You can also avail free internet connection by paying a setup fee of $300.
The download speeds for this service will be 5 Mbps and the upload speed will be 1 Mbps. The downside of the Google TV service is that you will not have access to premium channels like AMC, HBO and ESPN.
It is hard to imagine your life where downloads and uploads happen instantaneously. It is also true that most of the American residents are not aware their highest internet download speed and a majority of US citizens are happy with the current level of internet connection speeds.
It is a big surprise for a novice but those who close watch technology and technical analysts opine that Google has its own way in playing the technology puzzle. Also known as Fiber TV, the service is really unbelievable as users have no plans to take advantage of this innovative service to their advantage.
However, the spread this new service will create ripple waves in the industry and concerned internet users are going to experience a bunch of value added services. This will lead to drastic changes in the internet ecosystem.
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