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Google Fiber will not offer packages of conventional tv service sooner or later. In a latest weblog publish, the corporate has mentioned it is specializing in its most important purpose—”to convey superfast Web to extra individuals.”
When Fiber will get to its latest markets in Louisville and San Antonio, it is going to simply supply Web, with out the conventional TV packages.
“[M]ore and extra persons are shifting away from conventional strategies of viewing tv content material,” writes Google’s Cathy Fogler. “Clients in the present day need to management what, the place, when, and the way they get content material. They need to do it their approach, and we need to assist them.”
Google will proceed to supply TV service in markets the place it has already been provided, though, as Fogler notes, extra prospects are selecting Web-only choices.
Clients that pay for conventional TV are a comparatively small a part of Google Fiber’s buyer base. The final dependable estimate, printed earlier this yr by DSLReports, reveals that the service has simply over 84,000 paying TV prospects—though the that means of that quantity is tough to decipher provided that Google does not report the variety of general broadband subscribers.
The transfer away from conventional TV is getting a bit shove from Google, as nicely. Google Fiber prospects in Charlotte will see the worth of their TV plans improve by $20 subsequent yr, whereas new prospects pays $30 extra, the Charlotte Observer reported earlier this week. The costs for Web-only prospects have not modified because the product launched in 2012.