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Kazaa, Skype, and now "The Venice Project"

Zennstroms Latest Venture is TV

     
5:47 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the entrepreneurs who created the pioneering Web applications Kazaa and Skype, are working on a new communications venture, BusinessWeek.com has learned. The pair plans to develop software for distributing TV shows and other forms of video over the Web, according to people familiar with the matter.

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8:32 pm on July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not a bad idea, I would think from my own ignorant viewpoint, considering the increase of the video-wing of the web...on the other hand I don't buy the "born to be a entrepreneurial genius" story.

Either your're a good craftsman or not - if you are, you'll still need luck to build something seriously big. Otherwise you will do just well.

11:27 am on July 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The interplay between this and net neutrality is pretty interesting.

Gnutella (kazaa clone) is traffic shaped on my network, so I can't access it (except at very low speeds).

Add into the mix eBay, Skype, and the consent decree against Madison River, and you really start to wonder how this is all going to play out.

Will eBay be able to sue AT&T if their VOIP packets are faster than eBay's voip packets?

Will the owners of the venice project be able to sue AT&T if their video streaming packets are faster?

Will UTube or Google video be able to sue AT&T?

I don't know .. I guess a lot of it depends on whether or not the democrats can make it into office and who's paying what to who's re-election campaign.

3:56 am on July 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The Chinese have already been doing this for a while. Products like TVants or SopCast are P2P TV sharing programs being used by mostly chinese.

I've tried several of them. You can actually get HBO - ESPN - and some others. Not sure really how legal it is to share your TV connection.

4:21 pm on July 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not a bad idea,most likely it will work out
5:56 pm on July 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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They got golden hands :)