[opendtv] Google Said to Weigh Supplying TV Channels

  • From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 01:03:29 -0400

Google Said to Weigh Supplying TV Channels

July 16, 2013

If Google has its way, you might someday get cable television the 
same way you get Gmail: through any ordinary Internet connection.

Foreshadowing a new challenge to entrenched cable and satellite 
providers, Google is one of several technology giants trying to 
license TV channels for an Internet cable service, according to 
people with direct knowledge of the company's efforts.

No deals are imminent. But Google's recent meetings with major media 
companies that own channels are a sign of the newfound race to sell 
cablelike services via the Internet, creating an alternative to the 
current television packages that 100 million American households buy 
from companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Intel is hard at work on one such service and companies like Sony and 
Microsoft have previously shown interest in the same idea, called an 
"over the top" service because the channels would ride on top of 
existing broadband connections. They need support from the channel 
owners, though, and so far that has been tepid.

Google, which also owns YouTube, the world's largest online video 
site, declined to comment on its television interest. But by 
instigating conversations with channel owners about a service that 
would compete with the likes of Comcast, the company is taking a 
different tack than its rival Apple, which has been trying to 
collaborate with both channel owners and their distributors on a TV 



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