The scramble for online TV

The big buzz surrounding online TV has recently been hovering around The Venice Project, which was today rechristened Joost (as in Joost The Ticket, Joost In Time etc - any other crap puns spring to mind? Ah well, at least it isn't the Wii...

The big buzz surrounding online TV has recently been hovering around The Venice Project, which was today rechristened Joost (as in Joost The Ticket, Joost In Time etc - any other crap puns spring to mind? Ah well, at least it isn't the Wii...). Not a bad service, IMHO. Been playing with it for a month or two and I reckon, once they've sorted out the content, it could prove a nail in tradTV's coffin. Sign up for beta testing here.

But wait, what's that coming over the hill? It's Babelgum, the rather confusingly named (who isn't these days?) new venture of Fastweb founder Silvio Scaglia. In fact, just today Scaglia sold off a bunch of his shares in the broadband group to fund his new toy. I've just registered for beta testing, and will be sure to give an update if and when they let me in.

Interesting times indeed. So far my money's on, er, Joost, partly because I've actually used it and partly because it comes from the stable of Kazaa and Skype. But who knows? One thing's for sure, though: TV as we know it is in deep doodoo.

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