Kazaa And Skype Not Enough: Founders Now Looking At Online TV Distribution

from the so-they-say dept

Apparently the billions of dollars Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis picked up when eBay overpaid for Skype isn't enough. Business Week reports that the two are working on a new project that has to do with video sharing for television programming. The two are supposedly still working at Skype. Zennstrom is just contributing money and advice, with Friis spending 20% of his time on the new effort -- which is supposedly trying to partner with just about every TV network they can talk to. Of course, it's worth remembering that the music industry would still like to put the two of these guys in jail for Kazaa -- which has kept them out of the US, despite the eBay buyout. They also face charges from rival Streamcast that Skype actually uses Kazaa code, which Zennstrom (so the lawsuit charges) promised Streamcast it could buy. In other words, despite the success of Skype, there may be some legal baggage associated with any new company they're involved in -- especially for those in the entertainment industry. Also, of course, the video streaming and distribution market is already incredibly crowded -- with players from YouTube to BitTorrent already having plenty of users and name recognition. While it's true that neither Kazaa nor Skype were first to market in their spaces, neither market was nearly as crowded as the online video market is already today.

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  1. identicon
    Lay Person, 24 Jul 2006 @ 7:38am

    Studios are retards

    I'm sick and tired of people blaming technology for companies losing money.

    Clearly, the studios are losing money due to their dated business models and are attempting to stifle technology by means of lawsuits and the threats thereof.

    It's like the police trying to stop the use and production of screwdrivers because they can be used to break open locks!

    Wake up people! It's not the screwdrivers. The secret is that there are actual people out there designing, implementing, and maintaining illegal operations by means of the technology.

    All that is needed is to arrest and punish these criminals by some sort of international consortium of law enforcement officials to actually get these criminals and start sending messages of accountability. Right now it's easier for the criminals to hide than to face the piper. Hence the problem.

    Can you imagine a world without screwdrivers just because it was banned by lock manufacturers! It's insanity!

    The studios cannot come up with a working model to embrace the technology so they fight it tooth-and-nail to overcome their own shortcomings. It's a losing, rediculous battle where everyone loses but the criminals.

    Tell me...what's wrong with this picture?

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