A beta version of The Venice Project launched today. It is the Internet TV start-up from Kazaa and Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.
TechCrunch first got wind of the project in October.
„We set out to try to merge the best of TV and the best of the Internet and I think we have just taken a big step on a long journey,“ said Friis today on his blog. „For a few months we have been quietly testing with a small circle of people. Now, we’re going to expand that circle – with more and more people getting invited. If you want to take it for a spin, get an invitation from an existing beta tester. The next months will bring many additional product features both on the end user and content provider side of things. And, importantly, more and more content. What you’ll see now is a preview of some of the categories of content you will find.“
GigaOm berichtet von den Eindrücken der ersten Beta-Tester, die rundweg über Qualität der Videos und Das user Interface entäuscht waren.
The Venice Project beschreibt sich selbst als
We’re working on a project that combines the best things about television with the social power of the internet – a project that gives viewers, advertisers and content owners more choice, control and creativity than ever before.
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