Google out to replace cable TV?

Google, an advertising company at its core and which also owns YouTube,  has begun talks with major media companies about licensing TV channels, according to people with knowledge of the meetings--

Google Said to Weigh Supplying TV Channels - " . . . A future Apple service could include a user-friendly interface layered on top of Time Warner Cable or Cablevision’s channel lineup. “Apple’s working within our current ecosystem,” one of the people said. What Google and Intel, and probably others, have in mind is more disruptive and more difficult. One person involved in the talks with Google cautioned that the company might end up just selling a library of TV shows, the way Netflix, Amazon and Hulu already do. But others said that Google has pitched an easy-to-use subscription service that would stream a bundle of live channels as well as on-demand shows, replacing the cable bundles that most households now purchase. . . ."

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