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Sezmi says it is now available to new users across the U.S., with the company expanding availability of its product to 36 markets nationwide. Positioned as a way for consumers to cut their cable bills, Sezmi’s hardware provides an over-the-air receiver, DVR and broadband video offering that integrates live broadcast TV content as well as online video from sites like YouTube (s GOOG).
The Sezmi hardware sells for $149.99 — down from its original price of $299 — and is available from BestBuy.com. Up until this week, its service had only been available in 15 markets, including its launch market of Los Angeles. The L.A. market is currently the only place where its Sezmi Plus service is available. For $19.99 a month, Sezmi Plus includes programming from a number of cable programmers, such as Bravo, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery, MSNBC, MTV, TBS, TNT and USA. Everywhere else, only its Sezmi Select offering is available. Sezmi Select costs $4.99 and includes broadcast content from networks such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, Telemundo and Univision. Users also have access to a DVR for recording live shows, as well as a wide selection of on-demand content and online video sites.
While Sezmi could provide one way for consumers to quit cable while still being able to access some of their favorite content, its offering is relatively limited so far. Without access to some highly sought-after cable channels — like ESPN — many users may choose to hold off before purchasing Sezmi.
But for those that are interested, the markets where Sezmi can now be used include: Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Cleveland-Akron, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX; Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI; Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, NC; Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC-Anderson, SC; Hartford & New Haven, CT; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Nashville, TN; Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA; Oklahoma City, OK; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Salt Lake City, UT; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA; Seattle-Tacoma, WA; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; and West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL.
Sezmi has raised about $71 million since being founded in 2006, including a $25 million funding round from existing investors ahead of its initial LA trial.
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