Google Fiber

Google Fiber

Google Fiber

Google enters TV and broadband market

Google fiber is a relatively new service from Google which provides both cable television and super-fast internet to homes and business. Currently, Google Fiber is only available in a handful of locations, but Google is slowly expanding the reach of its broadband and television network.

Google fiber began as an experimental project set up in Kansas City. At the moment, google Fiber is currently available in the following cities: Austin, Provo and, of course, Kansas City. Google are currently in the process of bringing Google Fiber to a number of major cities including Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Nashville and Atlanta. They have also identified a number of cities as potential fiber cities including Phoenix and San Antonio. If you want to find out whether you can get Google Fiber, there is a helpful form on the official site that can check your address for eligibility.

The main attraction of Google Fiber is its speed. With a download speed of a 1 gbps (that’s 1,000 mbps!), Google Fiber allows for instant downloads and television streaming without buffering.

Google offers both plans for residential premises and small businesses. For small businesses they offer high-speed internet with dedicated tech support. In addition, businesses can also opt for static IP addresses for an additional fee. Google has three residential plans: Gigabit + TV, Gigabit Internet and Basic Internet. The Basic Internet plan offers just affordable 5 mbps internet – no added perks. The Gigabit Internet plan offers 1,000 mbps internet and also gives users 1TB of cloud storage to take advantage of. Finally, Gigabit + TV is the most comprehensive plan that Google offers at the moment. In addition to Gigabit internet and 1TB cloud storage, this package also gives users access to a collection of 150+ channels and allows them to record up to 8 television shows at once.

Click below to find out more about different Google Fiber deals available.
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AT&T (Cable)

AT&T Cable

Although perhaps most well known for being the largest provider of mobile communications in the United States, AT&T also provides quality broadband subscription television services.

AT&T’s U-Verse TV brings together your digital TV, Internet and digital home phone service to provide innovative new features that are unavailable on other providers. In particular, the Total Home Digital Video Recorder (DVR) enables you to record 4 shows simultaneously on a single DVR, and playback from multiple devices. You can also watch up to 4 shows at once thanks to My Multiview, whilst U-Verse TV also benefits from enhanced interactive applications such as weather on demand. AT&T offer a range of packages to suit your lifestyle and budget starting with the ‘U-basic’ right up to the premium ‘U-450’ package.

Prices start from $19 per month.

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Time Warner (Cable)

Time Warner Cable

Time Warner boasts the title of the second-largest cable company in the US, helping to connect over 14 million customers to entertainment, information and one-another. With general cable services to 29 states, Time Warner also provides exclusive, location specific, TV news channels in Texas, North Carolina and New York – offering targeted material to local area interests and concerns.

With Time Warner cable you have the freedom to watch what you want, when you want. The digital video recorder (DVR) allows for your favorite programmes to be recorded and watched at your convenience, whilst the Start Over option means you will never miss the start of a show again. Time Warner cable also features the ever popular On Demand feature, giving you instant access to thousands of films, music and TV shows.

Prices start from $29.99 per month for their most basic package: ‘Starter TV’.

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Cox Cable

Cox Cable

Cox Cable counts itself as the third biggest cable entertainment and broadbrand provider in the USA, with over 2.9 million customers relying on their digital cable services. Although not the largest cable provider, Cox Cable prides itself on being one of the best and is renowned for its superior customer care -as testified by numerous cable TV customer satisfaction awards.

Prices start from $39.99 per month for 3 months.

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Comcast Xfinity

ComCast XFinity

Comcast’s Xfinity comes at the market from a different viewpoint, being the only one of the three nationwide players that started as a cable company. Xfinity offers on-demand HD movies, 45 advertisement-free music channels and parental controls. On the fast cable-based internet the customer can watch HD footage and be safe in the knowledge that the free security software is guarding their system.

ComCast XFinity is one of the USA’s largest players in the cable television market and has three purely cable television packages: Digital Starter, Digital Preferred and Digital Premier. Of the three packages, Digital Starter is cheapest package as it costs just $49.99 per month. This package gives you access to a line-up of more 140 channels and also allows you to purchase HBO for a heavily-discounted price. The Digital Preferred package is a step up from the Digital Started package and costs an additional $10.00 a month. However, in return you will receive almost double the amount of channels and are still eligible for a $5 six-month HBO subscription. As its name suggests, ComCast XFinity’s Digital Premier television package is their most comprehensive package. This package costs $69.99 per month and gives viewers access to a suite of more than 260 channels as well as a sports entertainment package.


In addition to purely digital television packages, ComCast XFinity has a number of bundles which allow you to combine digital television with other ComCast services, such as internet and landline calls. Not only does this make your monthly bills easier to manage, but it works out cheaper than taking out two individual contracts. In addition, those who subscribe to ComCast XFinity’s bundles are also eligible for a prepaid Visa card, access to Wi-Fi hotspots around the world and a two-year HBO subscription.

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DirecTV

DirecTV

DirecTV is one of the major satellite television in the US, with 20 million subscribers.

Based in California, but broadcasting across North America, DirecTV delivers a great video entertainment experience. As well as offering the standard triple play bundles allowing you to watch DirecTV on the go wherever you are on your laptop or phone, DirecTV also offers more HD channels and more sports than any other TV provider.

Additionally the new DirecTV Genie DVR, their most advanced HD DVR yet, can connect up to 4 rooms with their HD service as well as recording up to 5 different show simultaneously. Coupled with up to 3 times more space than a standard cable DVR, you won’t need to delete old shows to save new ones.

Click below to find out more about great DirecTV deals.

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Verizon FIOS

Verizon FIOS

Verizon’s FiOS was the first ‘fibre to the home’ service offered by one of the big telephone companies and Verizon were praised for their innovation. Verizon began the service in 2005 and, like AT&T rolled out an expansion program. However some customers cannot receive service or cannot watch television due to contractual franchise agreements previously set in place. FiOS also offers an HD option with the HD FiOS set-top box being necessary for this. Verizon’s phone service is available as a regular phone system or as VoIP. The telephone service runs off the fibre-optic cable which means that in the event of a black-out the phone will be unusable. The VoIP service is currently available in 11 states.

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AT&T Uverse

AT&T Uverse

In 2006 AT&T unveiled U-Verse, and began a program of expansion, unrolling a fibre-optic network. Their expansion slowed to a stop in 2011 according to plan, but statistics seem to indicate that the expansion was not as trouble-free as it could have been, with cable companies making in-roads into AT&T’s potential customer base and stymying the growth somewhat. AT&T seems to be the most reasonably priced package, and they offer fixed terms discounts for new customers happy to be tied into 18 month or 2 year contracts. However AT&T is the newest member of the ‘triple-play’ companies and some customers have complained about the quality of the television pictures; it seems the further away their equipment is placed from the AT&T hub, the worse the experience can be. AT&Ts telephone part of the bundle is a VoIP product.

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Dish Network

Dish Network

Dish Network is one of the most populare satellite TV providers, serving 15 million customers across the US.

The Dish Network is a popular TV provider in the United States providing satellite TV services to approximately 14 million customers, both commercial and residential. Since its founding in 1996, DISH Network has established itself as one of the leaders in family entertainment, TV technologies and HD TV programming. Among TV providers, it is known for providing the greatest choice in programming and technologies, including TV Everywhere –allowing for customers to catch up on their favourite programs on PCs, smartphones or tablets.

With the Hopper Whole-Home HD Digital Video Recorder (DVR) it is possible to watch programs at the same time, in different rooms, thus ensuring you never miss your favourite programs again. It is also possible to record upto 6 channels simultaneously with PrimeTime Anytime, allowing for you to watch what you want, when you want. PrimeTime Anytime also gives you the option of skipping commercials during primetime on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC channels.

Choose from a choice of over 100,000 movies, TV programmes and video games with Blockbuster@Home by mail. Thousands more movies online and On Demand, and 20 popular channels like Starz Cinema, EPIX and EPIX 2.

Dish Network package prices are amongst the most competitive with prices starting from $19.99 per month

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Comcast (Cable)

Comcast Cable

Comcast deals with both residential and commercial customers in 40 states, making it the largest cable TV provider in the United States.

The XFINITY TV service from Comcast allows for you to enjoy your favourite programmes anytime, anywhere. As well as a wide range of live channels, XFINITY TV offers the greatest choice of On Demand movies and shows than any other provider, both on your TV and streaming online. Choose from the standard digital video recorder (DVR) or the HD DVR service to rewind, fast-forward and pause live tv, as well as watching your favourite shows when you like. XFINITY TV also offers an ever increasing library of 3D programs, including films On Demand and sports on ESPN 3D. XFINITY TV offers a choice of packages to choose from, including the Digital Start, Digital Preferred and Digital Premier package.

Prices start from $29.99 per month for 12 months.
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