Sezmi opens alternative to cable or satellite
Sezmi has launched a service blending free and pay-television broadcast channels with video on demand delivered over broadband. Initially available in the Los Angeles area, assuming it proves successful, the venture capital backed start-up company plans to expand nationally across America. Sezmi combines terrestrial transmissions with online video but could struggle to compete with existing pay-television providers.
Google puts mobile first as smart phone market expands
Google is putting mobile at the heart of its strategy.”The new rule is mobile first,” Dr Eric Schmidt told delegates of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The chairman and chief executive of Google forecast in his first keynote address at the mobile convention that in three years, if not sooner, sales of smart phones will pass global sales of personal computers. He said: “Now our programmers at Google are doing work on mobile first”.
SeeSaw to open in crowded online video playground
SeeSaw is a new online video service that aims to become a one-stop shop for television programmes from leading broadcasters. It has been raised from the ashes of the Kangaroo joint venture between British broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 which was blocked by the Competition Commission. The service will still feature programming from most of the same broadcasters but is now being run by Arqiva, the company that transmits their television signals.
Veoh closes chapter on online video sharing site
Veoh Networks, the online video sharing service, is to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. The company claims it is a result of the distraction of damaging legal battles, in which Veoh eventually prevailed, together with broader economic challenges. Despite $70 million in backing from high profile investors, Veoh could not sustain a business from online video and was unable to sell or refinance the venture. Veoh joins Joost in the long list of startups that failed to make it, although the volume of online video viewing continues to rise.
Google drives gigabit broadband network speeds
Google is putting pressure on regulators and service providers to think big in terms of fibre-optic networks that can deliver 1 gigabit per second. Google is planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks at one or more trial locations in the United States. Google aims to offer the service at a competitive price to up to half a million people. The aim is not to enter the internet service provider business, for the moment. The goal, says Google, is to see what developers and users can do with high-speed networks.