NewTeeVee has a post with a lot of details on the technology behind Venice Project, the new online television startup founded by Kazaa and Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. A very interesting disclosure – like Songbird, another startup, part of the product is built on the Mozilla application framework.
Two issues with the Venice Project significantly lessen my enthusiasm for it. First, there is no compelling content on the service yet (although licensing deals could be waiting on deck to be announced). Second, they’ve shunned the browser and are requiring a separate software download to use the product. Unless it’s highly viral, it isn’t going to fly given the very popular, and browser based, YouTube alternative.
See here for our previous Venice Project coverage.