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Google moves to launch pay TV service

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By John Glenday, Reporter

February 23, 2012 | 1 min read

Web giant Google has moved to grab a share of the pay TV market with an application to provide a video service to residents of Kansas City.

Subject to approval the service could begin operation as early as March and offer live TV and licensed channels as well as on demand and online access to TV channels.

It will be expanded to other areas if successful.

The move to become a provider of subscription TV services would open a potentially lucrative new revenue stream for the digital company which made its name in search.

Google has already announced plans to erect a satellite array in Iowa which would allow the firm to stream movies and TV shows bundled within a new internet service that could be up to 100 times faster than the average existing connection.

Google’s ultra-fast fibre optic service is expected to go live in Kansas this summer.

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