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Google Files To Launch Video Service In Kansas City

By William McGuinness
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Google's television service will, through its Chrome browser, seek to blend television programming with web content.

Google’s television service will, through its Chrome browser, seek to blend television programming with web content.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Google is laying the network on which its rumored televisions and programming will run, filing on Friday in both Kansas and Missouri to establish video services considered competitors — and disruptors — to cable and satellite television utilities.

The filing comes months after Google announced the Kansas City metropolitan area would be the first city to receive its ultra-fast Internet service called Fiber, purportedly delivering service 100 times faster than typical cable speed.

According to CBS News, which tested the service last year, download speeds on the network were up to 300 megabits per second, with an upload speed of 150 Mbps. Comcast’s cable service, which has an average speed of 13 Mbps, is about one-twentieth the speed of Google Fiber.

Google said Fiber will serve its first customers in the first half of this year’s first quarter.

Time Warner Cable would be its direct and largest competition there should the video service evolve to resemble a pay-TV service.

With speeds significantly faster than existing technologies, Google spokesperson Jenna Wandres said said the company is still exploring what’s within the adjacent possible and declined to confirm media reports of the possible pay-TV service.

The filing is the latest of Google’s strategic moves within the home entertainment realm. Google TV features its Chrome browser and is controlled remotely with Android-powered phone applications. Google also received European approval for its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorolla Mobility, which in addition to Android-powered tablets and smart phones, also offers home network products and home entertainment set tops similar to those that enable cable television access.

Other video, content and infrastructure movements include YouTube’s $100 million investment in original content creation and an FCC filing petitioning to build two satellite farms in Iowa, intended to service “analog and digital audio, data and video services,” according to TheVerge.com.

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