Rumor: Google to launch online TV service; will it compete with Xbox One?

Will Google's new online TV service work where Google TV failed?

Google still wants to be a part of the television industry, even after its Google TV operating system failed to gain any real traction in the "smart TV" business. A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims, via unnamed sources, that Google is holding meeting with a number of media companies in an attempt to license their content for a new online TV service.

The story claims that the plan would stream traditional TV networks over the Internet. One source claims that Google actually demoed what the new TV service would be like to an interested media partner but details about that demo were not revealed. A timeline for a launch of this service was also not mentioned.

If Google moves along with these kinds of plans, it will be competing with the regular cable TV services for subscribers, along with online streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video. It would also have to deal with Microsoft's announced plans for the Xbox One console, which will offer voice commanded TV guide listings that would work with traditional cable and satellite providers.

New streaming TV services are also rumored to launch later this fall from Amazon and also from Intel. In fact, a recent report from GigaOM claims that Intel's TV venture will be called OnCue when it is officially revealed.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Google

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I feel that Google will win the battle and defeat Dish Network, Direct TV, Charter Cable, and other companies. It would lead to be monopoly in the world. Please watch out for that one. you can read one of old testament in the bible about Job book. A man named Job who makes to be wealth that he has too many sheep, and others at his farm. This is same idea as Google has highest 90% share market on search engine.

This is pretty simple to me...X1 does TV, Kinect for voice commands and gestures, instant switching from content to content, Blu-ray, group Skype, exclusive NFL features, multitasking, Twitch broadcasting, SmartGlass...oh, and happens to play blockbuster games on the best gaming service for consoles....their is no way Google TV can compete with that.

Timothy Gamble said,
This is pretty simple to me...X1 does TV, Kinect for voice commands and gestures, instant switching from content to content, Blu-ray, group Skype, exclusive NFL features, multitasking, Twitch broadcasting, SmartGlass...oh, and happens to play blockbuster games on the best gaming service for consoles....their is no way Google TV can compete with that.

Except that they are not competing. Not everything is a competition between Google and Microsoft.

So does the Xbox One give you cable tv service as well? NO! It's only a middle man for your TV entertainment. Just like what Google TV used to be and that went well for Google.

Timothy Gamble said,
Except they are competing. They are boxes that were built for the living room and want to be the main source by which we get our entertainment.

Face Palm. So if I have no cable service at all how will Xbox One get Cable Service. I know it brings me Netflix and Hulu but what live broadcasts does it bring me?

I'm not suggesting they bring the exact same features, the exact same way (this is evident by the many things X1 does over Google TV)...but that doesn't mean they aren't competing. That's like saying WP8 isn't competing with Android because it lacks certain feature it doesn't have and vices versa. At the end of the day they (WP8 and Android) are two phone/mobile OSes fighting to be in the hands of as many end users as possible. X1 and Google TV are two entertainment consoles fighting to be in as many living rooms as possible...you better believe they are competing.

Timothy Gamble said,
I'm not suggesting they bring the exact same features, the exact same way (this is evident by the many things X1 does over Google TV)...but that doesn't mean they aren't competing. That's like saying WP8 isn't competing with Android because it lacks certain feature it doesn't have and vices versa. At the end of the day they (WP8 and Android) are two phone/mobile OSes fighting to be in the hands of as many end users as possible. X1 and Google TV are two entertainment consoles fighting to be in as many living rooms as possible...you better believe they are competing.

That is stretching. So I guess Apple TV is better than Xbox 360. Much cheaper.

Quite frankly I own both an Xbox and an Apple TV. You want to know why? Because if you have more than one TV I will not be an idiot that spends $400 on a second Xbox to bring me streaming television.

I guess that's why Apple TV owns the streaming market.

Where's the stretch? Its basic logic. And sure, price always plays a big factor when competing, and Apple TV does win out there. One could easily say Xbox 360 wins because it plays blockbuster games that ATV just doesn't have...all these things are factors, but they are still competing. However, last time i checked, Xbox 360 was close to 80 million units...ATV has sold no where near that, even with the cheaper price point.

Timothy Gamble said,
Where's the stretch? Its basic logic. And sure, price always plays a big factor when competing, and Apple TV does win out there. One could easily say Xbox 360 wins because it plays blockbuster games that ATV just doesn't have...all these things are factors, but they are still competing. However, last time i checked, Xbox 360 was close to 80 million units...ATV has sold no where near that, even with the cheaper price point.

Yeah but you have to pay a premium to use your Xbox 360 for any of the streaming services. Apple TV wins there too.

DarkNet said,

Yeah but you have to pay a premium to use your Xbox 360 for any of the streaming services. Apple TV wins there too.

...A service that brings cross game/TV chat, friends list, voice messaging and many other perks that you won't find on ATV. That's subjective.

Timothy Gamble said,

...A service that brings cross game/TV chat, friends list, voice messaging and many other perks that you won't find on ATV. That's subjective.


Yeah you are right I should buy an Xbox for each room/ Screw ATV.

The reason nobody will ever win in this game is simple. Why would content owners agree to share their income? They don't need to. This is why Apple TV, Google TV and all the others will fail. Moreover, in case anybody hasn't noticed Xbox can also play games.

Google already provides a "cable" TV service over Google Fiber.

Time Warner Cable streams their cable channels over the internet to subscribers at twctv.com, as well as DVR content.

Google isn't really doing anything radical here by offering internet tv subscriptions. It's just not requiring that they hook you up physically like TWC.

Hulu seems to have done pretty well with it's free content offerings, btw.

I honestly hope they add the ability to have a standalone subscription for it so I could use my own Remote-enabled PC for Cable.

I would guess that Google would have to pay up huge sums of money to get major tv content to move from the cable/satellite cos. The enormous price tag has kept MS from moving forward with their plans.

If Google has cracked it, maybe MS has as well and we will see some real alternatives to cable.

smot said,
Compete? Yes. Win? No.

LOL. All the XBONE can do is change the channel for you. It can't even record.
So MS has set the bar pretty low.

How are you sure? We know you can use X1 for DVR and even to save game clips. This alone puts it over Google TV. This is not even adding the fact that X1 will have blockbuster gaming and GTV won't.

xbox one isn't competing with cable companies, they are enhancing the experience, so no. google would be just another cable provider,instead of transmitting the signal through coax or satellite, they would be transmitting it through the internet.

I don't know. I think the cable/satellite box features of the X1 are simply a stop gap for MS. If you read their goals, they seem very interested in providing the media without the cable middleman. Why else would they hire on so much talent from tv networks and create studios dedicated to original content?

Maybe Google is able to make a deal with content provides first, but I think MS is trying to do the same thing.

there was a report a few months back detailing how Microsoft wanted to do this cable provider thing,but ended up scrapping the idea at the end because they couldn't put the deals in place and get the pricing necessary to make it worthwhile financially. I think they just said **** it,we'll use the current infrastructure that people already have,and we can piggyback off this until the wheels fall off.

I agree. MS tried but they weren't talking, so MS will go there own way instead. I wouldn't be shocked if there are talks going on right now between MS and some of the content providers now that MS is building the infrastructure.

vcfan said,
xbox one isn't competing with cable companies, they are enhancing the experience, so no. google would be just another cable provider,instead of transmitting the signal through coax or satellite, they would be transmitting it through the internet.

Exactly. Go the Xbox One is better compared to Google TV (and that turned out marvelous for Google). /s