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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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