Google files application to operate video/TV service

According to a new Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report hinting at the possibility of Google's foray into the paid TV business, a Google subsidiary - called Google Fiber - last week filed applications in Missouri and Kansas, for operating a video/TV service.

In the application - filed on Friday in the Kansas Corporation Commission as well as the Missouri Public Service Commission -, Google is reported to have mentioned that it will be sending IPTV (internet-based TV) across a private network to subscribers, by making use of "national and regional video headend facilities."

The WSJ report - citing the details shared by a "media executive currently involved in negotiations to license channels to the service" - revealed that, once Google receives the approval for Google Fiber, the company's cable TV subscription service may be launched in almost a month's time.

The report - which follows up on earlier reports of Google laying down the foundation of its super-speedy 1 GB/s broadband connection in Kansas City - has also mentioned that the services which Google will offer in the video package will not only include live TV, but also on-demand and online access to various television channels.

While Google spokeswoman Jenna Wandres said in an emailed statement that Google is "still exploring what products will be available when we launch Google Fiber," the WSJ report claims that the has also apparently conducted a trial of Wi-Fi transmitters from homes; and that such transmitters are capable of moving data "at the same gigabit speeds as its fiber optic cables."