Premium cabler’s packages for HBO, Cinemax available to Internet giant's Kansas City subs
Winter is coming to Google Fiber’s TV customers in Kansas City, with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and other originals available now that premium cabler and Internet company finally reached a distribution deal.
Google Fiber kicked off installations in Kansas City metro area last year. Initial channel lineup included Starz and Showtime Networks, but HBO was a no-show.
Google hasn’t disclosed how many subs it’s connected to date, but it’s already announced a second market for the fiber build: Austin, Texas, where company plans to begin hookups in mid-2014. Industry analysts have questioned whether Google can achieve scale and favorable economics with the fiber-to-the-home project.
If the absence of HBO was a stumbling block for Google Fiber customers in Kansas City, that’s now removed. TV customers will be able to sign up for HBO networks for $20 per month (plus tax), which includes HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Latino, HBO Comedy and HBO Zone. In addition, an eight-channel Cinemax package is on offer for $10 per month.
Google’s pricing for HBO is higher than other cable operators. Time Warner Cable in Kansas City, for example, offers HBO packages starting at $15.95 per month.
With HBO on board, Google Fiber TV also now offers premium bundle package, with Starz, Showtime, HBO and Cinemax for $40 per month (plus tax).