New TV: Add VeohTV to the mix! Private Beta Invitation

Just received an invite for VeohTV Private Beta!

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VeohTV is a free specialized video browser that turns online video into Internet Television.

Watch video from thousands of web sites, in one easy-to-use full screen application. Watch streaming video from major television networks such as Fox and CBS, to independently-produced content available on sites such as YouTube, Google Video, and MySpace.

VeohTV makes watching Internet video as simple as watching television – navigate with a keyboard and mouse or use a PC remote control. VeohTV is like a free DVR for web video. Watch video on-demand or record it to your hard drive to watch later. You can watch your favorite shows in full-screen on your PC, or connect your PC to your television.

Installation and Setup Instructions:
1. Go to: VeohTV beta download page
2. Select the Download button and save the VeohSetup.exe file to your PC
3. Run the VeohSetup.exe installer
4. Enter your private beta key: XXXXXXXX
5. Log-in with your Veoh account

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The VeohTV Team

With Joost, VeohTV, YouTube; Orb, Snapstream, Sage, and MythTV; and all of the other “New TV” outfits out there; television is moving off of old-school Cable and moving to the internet. Although it will take a long time for television to move off your PC and onto your Television in your livingroom – it will inevitably happen. It is just a matter of making it easy enough to offer the content on your PC and share it in a way that the average user can handle.

My primary beef with all Web TV outfits (not THAT WebTV) is that all of the content is decidedly low-definition. Bandwidth requirements for HDTV over Internet are pretty hefty – but the pipeline is now available at your house. Verizon’s FiosTV is one such service who offers HDTV over their Fiber lines – they also offer internet plans up to 30Mbps (or 50Mbps in some areas) already. Once the ultra high speed networks come really gain market penetration, there will be more of a push for HDTV over IP.

Finally, there is the whole sticky issue of television studio involvement. Some outfits are backed by major names; for example VeohTV by Disney and YouTube by Viacom, YouTube by CBS. How crucial are these deals? My thoughts are they are very important. But, according to a source I have who is involved with a very beta video streaming services, the networks are knocking down doors at these startups to give them money, with the hopes they will hit the one that grows to become the major new internet TV provider.

When it comes down to it, the two crucial things that are most important to these new startups: the technology and the content. For technology, they need to make this software easy enough to use but still deliver the highest quality content with the easy of use of a remote. For the content, there really is only one way to go – you NEED to partner with a studio that is putting out the titles. Imagine if a show like Lost was shown on Joost – that would soon be a major draw for anyone who is able to access it (including those out of the US who are usually using technologies like Bittorrent to download shows shortly after they are released in the states.

The stakes for the television studios are high as well – if they don’t adapt to these new technologies – and make it EASY for consumers to get their shows (with advertising revenue?) then most people will just take the easy way and download the shows for free.

Dave Drager

Dave Drager


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