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The Venice Project, the much-awaited Internet TV project from the founders of Skype, started bringing in outside beta testers today. The beta program will be viral, with each user able to distribute invites to new testers. As soon as we give it a spin we’ll do […]

The Venice Project, the much-awaited Internet TV project from the founders of Skype, started bringing in outside beta testers today. The beta program will be viral, with each user able to distribute invites to new testers. As soon as we give it a spin we’ll do some more in depth coverage here and on NewTeeVee.

Writes Janus Friis on his blog,

We set out to try to merge the best of TV and the best of the Internet and I think we have just taken a big step on a long journey. For a few months we have been quietly testing with a small circle of people. Now, we’re going to expand that circle – with more and more people getting invited. If you want to take it for a spin, get an invitation from an existing beta tester.

From Om: Someone who got to use the service wasn’t very kind. “To sum up, very bad interface, no text description of what the buttons mean, quality of video goes up and down very much, not really much better than a good flash file that you size up 250%.”
Exclusive screenshots beneath the fold:


  1. Liz Ill be giving you my opinion in a few days ;)

    I was told by my contact to remember that this is pretty a pretty young version of the client and not to be too harsh …

    And make sure you log any bugs

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  2. hey…anybody out there can invite me for beta…i m really excited to try it out…

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  3. someone sign me up as a beta tester please :)
    dcoleman@netus.com

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  4. More screenshots are provided from The Venice Project screenshots page.

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  5. “From Om: Someone who got to use the service wasn’t very kind. “To sum up, very bad interface, no text description of what the buttons mean, quality of video goes up and down very much, not really much better than a good flash file that you size up 250%.”

    This person must not know the meaning of Beta Test

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  6. They still haven’t got a good skype video yet either. Why doesn’t EBay buy SightSpeed for a tenth of what they paid for Skype and get some good video technology???

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  7. The interfaces in the screenshots remind me of Swarm and Stack from labs.digg.com, for some reason…

    Either way, Friis knows how to make viral, hugely successful projects, so Im gonna bet that in a few months, after all the bugs are ironed out, this thing will be big.

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  8. Any chance I could get an invite?
    bboyad[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  9. I think that posting your email address in the clear on a high-traffic web page is probably an automatic disqualification for most beta programs.

    Enjoy the spam. :)

    -Ian.

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  10. Ian –
    But then again, signing up for beta from the guys behind KaZaa and Skype might be an invitation for a lot more than spam. Spyware anyone?

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