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).