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Google Fiber Nabs Disney, ESPN
Hole-Filled Channel Lineup Less Hole-Filled
by Karl Bode 08:27AM Thursday Sep 13 2012
Google has filled in some of their Google Fiber channel lineup holes thanks to a new deal with Disney. Google's pricing for Google Fiber and Google TV services in Kansas City is certainly drool inducing, with $70 netting you a 1 Gbps symmetrical connection, or $120 getting you a symmetrical 1 Gbps connection, a full slate of TV channels, some nifty new home gateways and a Google Nexus 7 to control it all with. One problem however was the company's TV lineup, with Google offering no HBO, Disney/ESPN, Fox and Turner Broadcasting. Some of those holes have now been filled, with Google saying they've struck a deal with Disney ensuring that ESPN, ABC and other Disney-related channels will make the lineup. The full, now outdated Google Fiber TV lineup can be seen here.

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Bob4
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Opt out?

I would love to be able to opt-out from all Disney/ESPN/ABC channels and reduce my cable TV bill significantly.

mob
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Re: Opt out?

said by Bob4:

I would love to be able to opt-out from all Disney/ESPN/ABC channels and reduce my cable TV bill significantly.

Yes, and that is why a la carte cable does not exist to consumers, and probably never will exist.
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Re: Opt out?

said by mob:

said by Bob4:

I would love to be able to opt-out from all Disney/ESPN/ABC channels and reduce my cable TV bill significantly.

Yes, and that is why a la carte cable does not exist to consumers, and probably never will exist.

If my cable bill was less and ESPN and Disney both cost $10/month I'd be happy to opt out of both. If reception was better where I lived and I had a better choice for internet than Comcast I'd probably consider opting out of overpriced cable TV altogether.

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said by mob:

said by Bob4:

I would love to be able to opt-out from all Disney/ESPN/ABC channels and reduce my cable TV bill significantly.

Yes, and that is why a la carte cable does not exist to consumers, and probably never will exist.

When al-la-carte channels run $1-3 (as they already do on big-dish satellite), how exactly do you save money with a-la-carte? By going from 250 channels to 20?
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Re: Opt out?

said by tiger72:

When al-la-carte channels run $1-3 (as they already do on big-dish satellite), how exactly do you save money with a-la-carte? By going from 250 channels to 20?

I save all the money by subscribing to the Ultimate À-la-carte/Zero Bundle package:

No TV set.

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Re: Opt out?

said by Noah Vail:

said by tiger72:

When al-la-carte channels run $1-3 (as they already do on big-dish satellite), how exactly do you save money with a-la-carte? By going from 250 channels to 20?

I save all the money by subscribing to the Ultimate À-la-carte/Zero Bundle package:

No TV set.

My package is quite similar. I just use an antenna and my internet connection for the rest. Much cheaper than cable tv =)
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said by Bob4:

I would love to be able to opt-out from all Disney/ESPN/ABC channels and reduce my cable TV bill significantly.

I would love to opt out of the TV service entirely to reduce my bill and....

Oh wait...

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Re: Opt out?

said by praetoralpha:

said by Bob4:

I would love to be able to opt-out from all Disney/ESPN/ABC channels and reduce my cable TV bill significantly.

I would love to opt out of the TV service entirely to reduce my bill and....

Oh wait...

Paying for TV seems too much like paying for sex (except when you pay for sex you don't get commercials anyway).

But I don't actually know because I've never paid for either.
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now what about Fox / FS AKA FSN?

now what about Fox / FS AKA FSN?
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Re: now what about Fox / FS AKA FSN?

Just a matter of time to get the rest. Is surprising they have this much lined up before having a single TV customer.

It will be interesting to see if the TV agreements will go beyond Gfiber, that is, will channels someday be available via any Android device.

Google will have a huge edge over Apple and Microsoft in trad content if they can take it beyond Gfiber.

elios

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Re: now what about Fox / FS AKA FSN?

hell they could run hulu out of town
id by 20 bucks a month for streaming of every thing
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that will NEVER happen. They would not permit these channels to be streamed.
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Re: now what about Fox / FS AKA FSN?

Google has just today announced more channels, some TW channels, but not HBO yet...

»googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/201···-tv.html

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rom news to sports; from cartoons to Spanish-language, here are our new channels: Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, HLN, hTV, infinito, MLB Strikezone (as part of an add-on package),TBS, TCM: Turner Classic Movies, TNT and truTV.

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The missing stuff is the Time Warner/FOX suites:

I don't see Time Warner playing along. FOX will probably play along soon enough.

Also, the AMC Networks and BBC America are still not on board. But Dish is going over without the former, and Cablevision went for years without the latter.

It's the Fox News/FX/FSN and TBS/TNT/Cartoon Network/CNN/HBO things that may be problematic.
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Re: Getting There

Google has just today announced more channels, some TW channels, but not HBO yet...

»googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/201···-tv.html

quote:
rom news to sports; from cartoons to Spanish-language, here are our new channels: Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, HLN, hTV, infinito, MLB Strikezone (as part of an add-on package),TBS, TCM: Turner Classic Movies, TNT and truTV.

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Opt-out

You can opt-out by using something called just the internet.

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Consumer Choice would have been more Innovative

Google should have made their system pay to play, or choose your own channel menu,

not using the same old bundles of crap like every other cable TV provider would.

shame on you Google - you could have done more good on the programming end of things,

but you blew it, especially now that consumers only need an ISP to watch what they want online.
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Re: Consumer Choice would have been more Innovative

you do realize that Google does NOT get a choice on anything as far as TV. you take it or leave it. Content providers will tell them the same as they tell everyone else; don't like what we say; then no channels. Easy as pie.

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Re: Consumer Choice would have been more Innovative

I know that - it's exactly my point someone needs to turn this industry on it's head.

frak all their channels if they don't want to play by a google pay per view or menu rules.

google could have been a programming trailblazer,

but they blew the chance, while and we remain in the stone age of crapware and bundles.
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Google now taking actual orders online

I just signed up for actual service and my fiberhood (ranked in the 50s because if major registration issues in my hood) will deploy in Fall of 2013. I'm in Westport/Plaza area of KC, MO. It looks like they are mostly doing KC, KS first as it was announced first.

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Google Fiber Nabs Disney, ESPN

Two more good reasons to get the Broadband-Only package.