On paper, literally everything about Google Fiber makes standard digital-cable service look like something that was cobbled together by members of a lesser phylum. Boasting gigabit download/upload speeds (up to 1,000 Megabits per second), Google’s connectivity is roughly 70 times faster than Time Warner Cable’s standard 15 Mbps plan.
The incumbents are scared shitless. And rightfully so. For far too long they’ve coasted on their over-priced crap services.
After my post last night about HBO breaking its cable addiction, a number of you pointed out that this will never happen because HBO is owned by Time Warner.
That’s true — but remember that Time Warner Cable hasn’t been affiliated with Time Warner since 2009. They share a name (which they use under license), but they’re a completely independent company. Time Warner owns HBO, not Time Warner Cable.
If you want proof of just how unaffiliated the two are now, look no further than the fact that Time Warner Cable is only now getting HBO Go access. Comcast and a dozen other cable providers got access first as TW/TWC negotiations dragged on.
So while it’s a bit confusing, HBO’s Time Warner parent shouldn’t hamper my plan. Time Warner should be looking towards the future, not their old cable subsidiary.