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The founders of Skype wish to bring quality TV programs to consumers who have broadband Internet

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, creators of the popular Internet calling program Skype, are reportedly developing a broadband television service. Using part of the funds received from selling Skype to Ebay, the two hope to utilize peer-to-peer technology to help make a service for "tens of millions of users." The project, dubbed the Venice Project, will allow users to view high-quality, full-screen videos through an ad-supported network.

On his blog, Friis said "We are trying to bring together the best of TV with the best of the Internet."  Because the TV market is so large, the Venice Project appears to be a good move by the two entrepreneurs. 

A beta test version was launched last week, with around 6,000 users now testing the Venice Project.  The partners had been "quietly testing with a small circle of people" for several months, before wishing to expand the testing to more users.  Developers expect the service to launch sometime next year.

Along with the Venice Project and Skype, Friis and Zennstrom are also known as the creators of the popular file sharing program Kazaa, which they sold to Sharman Networks in 2001.

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Is this a copy of TVU Player?
By cheetah2k on 12/19/2006 12:23:19 AM , Rating: 3
There are a number of free to air TV software programmes out there such as TVU Player. They effectively stream pay tv channels (ESPN, etc) for free at low resolution. If Skype could do HD or even STD Def TV at reasonable bandwidth, this could be an option.

My only issue is the bandwidth required to stream reasonable definition TV, and how much this will bog down the Broadband service providers - Theres already too much bandwidth taken downloading email spam on a daily basis.

Asside from probably needing a 10M connection, I wonder how much it will cost??

RE: Is this a copy of TVU Player?
By cochy on 12/19/2006 1:00:16 AM , Rating: 2
through an ad-supported network

From the sound of it seems like they are shooting for it to be free to users.

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