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Skype Creators Tackle BroadbandTV
Venice Project engaged in 6,000 user trial
by Karl Bode 09:29AM Monday Dec 18 2006
The Financial Times takes a look at the "Venice Project," a video p2p system being developed by Skype creators Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom. The fight to get into the TV space will be tough; Skype is not only fighting telco, cable and DBS incumbents, but also a seemingly endless list of emerging upstarts who are all rushing at top speed toward the broadband TV space. Still no word on when we can get our mitts on the program, though there are some additional details at the product website.

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Maxo
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IPTV

Can't wait for it. Another player, and someone who is known for thinking differently, and so far succeeding, is a good thing IMO. Only will tell.

FFH5
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Re: IPTV

Skype has a very bad rep with media corporations and with access providers and very, very few will do deals with them like they have with Microsoft or Google or Apple. I doubt Skype will go very far in this venture. The only videos they will be able to deliver will be user created content.
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Maxo
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Tallahassee, FL

Re: IPTV

said by FFH5:

Skype has a very bad rep with media corporations and with access providers and very, very few will do deals with them
Very good point. I wonder how they'll overcome that hurdle.
peerimpact

join:2005-11-07
Londonderry, VT

Re: IPTV

Im already using the beta and they have plenty of Viacom content and Ive been told that all the other major networks have already been signed up and when the product that is now the Venice project launches the networks will Luanch thier "Venice " Channels .

The product already has about 20 on demand channels

If you want a sneak peek here's some screenshots

»www.theveniceproject.com/screenshots/
ross7

join:2000-08-16
said by FFH5:

Skype has a very bad rep with media corporations and with access providers and very, very few will do deals with them like they have with Microsoft or Google or Apple. I doubt Skype will go very far in this venture. The only videos they will be able to deliver will be user created content.
You mean companies that want no competition? That would be a classic case of the DRM-pushers and walled-garden mental defectives substituting wishful thinking for good business judgment.

If Skype can deliver, why not deal with them?

Maxo
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Re: IPTV

said by ross7:

If Skype can deliver, why not deal with them?
My guess is that they would have to make serious amends that go beyond the legal settlement they made. Maybe they'll need to first be purchased by a media giant. Of course, then it would really all be down the toilet.
peerimpact

join:2005-11-07
Londonderry, VT
The Venice project is a walled garden p2p network

LilYoda
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Mountains
Might change in the future... Cisco has just annouced that their iPhone (take that Apple ) will be able to connect to skype.
It's gaining *some* legitimity...
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jebba2005

join:2005-01-13
Portland, ME

well...

my comment for Skype is "You can do it!". Thanks for this news and the link. I have signed up.
spanishbob

join:2004-11-30
spain

Good on ya Skype

Anyone that debates competition has no business... being in business..... or a Free market society. go on skype!