Google today announced it has struck a partnership with ESPN and Disney that makes its Fiber TV package all the juicier. Google customers who pay for video through their Fiber subscription can now stream TV content from the two providers to their phones and tablets for free.
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WatchESPN provides live access to eight networks, including live events and all of ESPN’s sports and studio shows (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Goal Line, and ESPN Buzzer Beater). WATCH Disney gives you live access to the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD networks.
ESPN also offers apps on Google Play, Apple’s App Store, for the Xbox 360, and for Apple TV. Disney channels can be watched from a mobile browser.
For those who don’t know, Google’s Gigabit Internet plus TV package goes for $120 per month. That includes not just the Fiber Internet service but also “hundreds” of HD channels, the ability to record up to eight shows at once, and store up to 500 hours of HD content on the included Storage Box.
Free streaming to mobile devices seems like icing on the cake. Google already has partnerships with ESPN and Disney, so this was the next logical step.
If Google Fiber continues to grow at the rate it’s going, it will be a serious force to be reckoned with, for both ISPs and TV service providers. The good news for them is that Fiber is still limited to just three U.S. cities, and there are no plans to launch it nationally, yet alone internationally.
See also – Google Fiber TV gets its first 3D channels: 3net included with plan and ESPN3D for an extra $5 per month and Google Fiber TV app lands on iPad, letting people in Kansas City browse, buy, watch and record content
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