Skype tests broadband TV

The founders of Skype, an online telephone business, are testing a broadband television service for computers, the founders’ spokesman said this week.

The service, called “The Venice Project”, is expected to be launched next year, according to the spokesman for London-based Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, who used part of the money they made on the sale of Skype to develop the broadband TV service.

“We are trying to bring together the best of TV with the best of the Internet,” wrote Friis, Skype’s director of strategy and innovation, on his blog at (

The spokesman said the beta test was launched last week, with some 6,000 people testing the service. The service will offer high-quality programs through an ad-supported platform. The project aims to bring quality TV programs free to consumers who have a broadband internet connection, the spokesman said.

Source: SMH

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