Google’s rumored internet TV service has reportedly signed up a major TV network. CBS is rumored to have signed on the dotted line to add its programming to “Unplugged”, the name for Google’s entry into the already crowded market.
The Wall Street Journal reports that this new deal means that when Unplugged goes live, subscribers will be able to watch live TV from CBS, which has shows such as The Big Bang Theory, three (yes, three) CSI shows and more. CBS already has its own Netflix-like streaming service, CBS All Access, that is slowly going to offer original programming such as the upcoming Star Trek TV show revival. It’s unknown if this new deal with Google will also include those CBS All Access originals.
The same report claims that Google is in advanced talks with Disney and 21st Century Fox to add its channels, including ABC and Fox, to Unplugged. When it goes live, which the story says is supposed to happen in early 2017, the service will be using Google’s YouTube service and will be priced between $25 and $40 a month, depending on the package of TV channels. Google already has YouTube Red, which offers ad-free videos and original shows, for $9.99 a month. This new story says that Unplugged and YouTube Red will be marketed as separate services by Google.
Unplugged will already have some competition in the Internet TV space
Unplugged will already have some competition in the internet TV space. Dish has its Sling TV service firmly in place, as does Sony with PlayStation Vue. In addition, Hulu has already confirmed plans for its own internet TV service for a launch in early 2017.
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