Skype Founders Making BBTV

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Posted December 18, 2006 - By JLawson

Alright, let's just say that you have made millions of dollars by selling a service that lets people talk to each other over the internet. What would you do next?

Broadband Television, of course!

In a move that has come and gone many times over, the Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstromm are endeavoring on a project they have codenamed "The Venice Project." Not to be confused with The Manhattan Project, The Blair Witch Project or My Science Project, a personal favorite, this one is to be unique unto itself.

Yes, "The Venice Project" is a peer-to-peer broadband television service that "will offer 'near high-definition' programs that will combine the best of the internet with the best of TV." If you feel that you are experiencing deja vu, you are, this is definitely not the first service that has offered peer-to-peer service in the world of "sharing content."

"The Venice Project" might allow people to share content and bypass digital rights management, but where Skype provided a service that allowed you to give a finger to the man, this project will have a hard time getting content without working with the man.

As stated by Friis and Zennstromm, they have not "attracted many big channels to provide content".......Well, DUH!  If the networks weren't hurting enough on ad dollars with TiVo and DVR's, you think they are going to bend over and take it up the webstream?

If the name of this project sounds anything like its future, expect it to be under water before you know it.

Yahoo! News: Skype founders aiming for broadband television: report

Skype Founders Making BBTV


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