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    Skype founders test online TV service

    Skype founders test online TV service

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    The founders of Skype, an online telephone business sold last year to eBay for US$2.6 billion, are testing a broadband television service for computer screens, the founders' spokesman said today.
    The service, called "The Venice Project" is expected to be launched next year, according to the spokesman for London-based Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, who used part of the money they made on the sale of Skype to develop the broadband TV service.
    "We are trying to bring together the best of TV with the best of the internet," wrote Friis, Skype's director of strategy and innovation, on his blog at janusfriis.net.
    The spokesman said the beta test was launched last week, with some 6,000 people testing the service.
    On his blog, Friis said the partners had been "quietly testing with a small circle of people" for a few months, and that now they were going to expand the circle.
    The service will offer high-quality programs through an ad-supported platform. The project aims to bring quality TV programs free to consumers who have a broadband internet connection, the spokesman said.

    Friis and Zennstrom, who is Skype's chief executive, also co-founded the wildly popular file-sharing service Kazaa, which they sold to Australian company Sharman Networks in 2001.
    In July, the entrepreneurs reached into their own pockets to help settle a copyright infringement lawsuit against Sharman by the music and movie industries. Zennstrom and Friis contributed an undisclosed amount to a total payout of well above US$100 million

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    Is it just me or does that idea not seem as good as Skype?

    Skype was a brilliant idea, spread a free instant messenger with phone capabilities by word of mouth and better technology than the competitors. Then sell it when it is hot.

    But regular TV broadcasts are already pretty developed and not too expensive... Developed enough that it wont be worthwhile for most people to get it through internet..?

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    Well, if I can get "air crash investgators" and "tribe" while at work I will be a happy chappy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skulldigger
    But regular TV broadcasts are already pretty developed and not too expensive... Developed enough that it wont be worthwhile for most people to get it through internet..?
    Similar to maybe what was said about skype a few years ago perhaps

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    Yeah maybe you're right and it's a great business idea. I dont know.
    It was just obvious from the start that Skype offered something better. The SkypeOut service where you could make international calls for just a fraction more than the price of a local call within the dest. country didnt require much marketing.

    Along the same lines, Kazaa offered free downloads of porn, music and other media. No ads required.

    But this? Still not convinced, but we'll see how it goes.

    Merry Christmas by the way.

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