Google reportedly signs CBS to Internet TV deal, Fox and Disney may be next

Google reportedly signs CBS to Internet TV deal, Fox and Disney may be next
There have been rumors circulating for a while that Google is working on putting together a streaming internet TV service to offer to cable cord cutters. Google hasn't always had the best luck negotiating with media companies, but the latest word is that Google has advanced in talks with some TV channels and even signed one of the biggest in CBS.

Google has reportedly signed CBS and will offer everything CBS shows, including NFL games. Word has it that Google is also close to a deal with Fox and is in "advanced talks" NBCUniversal and Disney. The service is expected to be a so-called "skinny bundle" similar to what users can get from something like Sling TV and cost somewhere between $25 and $40. 

The streaming TV service is rumored to be called "Unplugged" -- because cord cutting, obviously -- and be part of the YouTube platform, although it will likely be separate from YouTube Red. And, assuming Google can get all of the deals in place, the Unplugged web TV service could go live as soon as Q1 2017. 

source: WSJ

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2 Comments

1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

The problem with pretty much all these "cord cutting" TV services is lack of content. You can cut the cord but you usually end up having to subscribe to multiple services to get all the channels/shows you watch. The price usually ends up being comparable.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR, I have hulu and netflix and I've been thinking about getting Amazon prime as well, mostly for the two day shipping but once I have it I will use the streaming service. Anyway I pay $23.98 for hulu and netflix so if google's service is $25+ and doesn't have more than those two then it will fail hard. Not to mention CW and CBS both let you watch shows for free in HD on their website or APP.

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