Google announced Friday that its fiber television service has launched two new channels that will broadcast in 3D: ESPN3D and 3net.
Subscribers of Google Fiber TV who have televisions with 3D capability and the accompanying glasses will be able to access the new channels.
For subscribing sports fans, ESPN3D will be available for an additional $5 per month, while 3net is included in the Google Fiber Gigabit + TV Plan.
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The 3net channel will feature all 3D shows, including family entertainment, documentaries, concerts, scripted series, lifestyle, and cooking shows.
Google Fiber TV launched in July of 2012.
The service is offered as an additional add-on for the company’s Gigabit Internet service. High-speed Internet is available on its own for a fee of $70 a month, or a television and Internet service package is offered for a $120 monthly fee.
The Google fiber service provides an interactive search that allows users to pinpoint programs on the broadcast schedule as well as on DVR, with up to 500 hours of storage and the ability to simultaneously record as many as eight shows.
Currently the service is still its preliminary stages, offered in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. It will soon expand to three more cities in Kansas and two others in Missouri.
Due to the higher cost of televisions that allow 3D, consumers haven't been too enthusiastic about the development.
However, Google product management head Larry Yang expressed his excitement about the news in a recent blog post.
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“We're committed to making these qualities that you've come to expect from Google Fiber TV better and better. And, thanks to the amazing capacity of Fiber, we can also include some new experiences and tools that will make watching TV even cooler. For example, 3D channels,” Yang wrote.
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