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Venice Project Letting in Beta Testers

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%.”
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175 Responses to “Venice Project Letting in Beta Testers”

  1. Blackened

    Whoa lots of invite requests, might as well ad my own. Sadly I am not a begger, so I won’t offer any group hugs or such. iamblackened // at // hotmail // dot // com

  2. As many people here I would like to ask for a token. I will build a small shrine for the one who gives me one (of course I will make a photo of it, or even a little webpage (but without livecam))

    thx in advance!

  3. At this point I think it’s only fair to cut venice some slack based on it’s potential to not only change and expand on what’s available on a creative level, but on a business level as well. Independent studios and smaller entertainment companies with quality stuff will be given a greater opportunity that otherwise may not have been available. Hopefully Venice can be an alternative to the same formula driven content most of us have been subject to for the last few years. I’ve yet to try it out myself, but if anyone knows of any invites lying around i’d appreciate it!
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  4. Never thought I’d be begging for an invite, but hey this looks pretty cool. Would be nice to test out with my makeshift home theater setup. Anyone got a spare invite laying around? :)
    groostl [at] yahoo . com here