Google mulling plan to offer pay TV services?

The Web giant is considering adding TV services to a high-speed network it is building in the Midwest, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

Google is considering a plan to offer paid TV services to consumers across high-speed fiber-optic lines, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The Web giant has considered adding TV services to a previously announced high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., the Journal said, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Google has reportedly hired cable TV executive Jeremy Stern to lead talks with media companies such as Disney and Time Warner.

A Google representative declined to confirm the pay TV report but said, "We're still exploring what product offerings will be available when we launch Google Fiber."

The report comes as competition heats up for consumers' entertainment dollars. Amazon and Dish Network recently announced forays into streaming content to challenge Netflix, which has been experiencing a subscriber backlash after a price increase in its DVD-and-streaming plan.

Google itself recently announced a $100 million investment to develop original content for dozens of new YouTube channels. And even though Hulu said it was taking itself off the market, Google was reportedly the high bidder for the online video service and may still be mulling another bid.

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