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TV On The Internet: The Venice Project

Now that peer-to-peer technology is becoming the norm online, millions of web-savvy entertainment fans can make use of file sharing; is it really time to turn off the tube? The Venice Project is an interactive software system, equipped to distribute TV shows and video over the web, faster than ever. The announcement for the development project was unveiled in October 2006, with the beta version working its way across U.S. networks including Viacom and Paramount Pictures.

The Venice Project is actually the code name for ‘Joost’, (pronounced ‘juiced’), and made its way over to the U.S. from Europe. It is promoted with a freeware license, and offers hundreds of program highlights you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Each TV program on the channels list can be enhanced with interactive features; think multi-user sessions while you’re watching the food channel, or news updates from a current discussion as you get the latest from CNN.

The Venice Project is based on peer to peer technology, not standard streaming video. It plans to be fully ad-supported; major networks and affiliates are likely going to jump on board for their fair share of revenue potential. The channel listing reaches out well beyond U.S. borders; worldwide channels include PokerHeaven TV, MTV Staying Alive, and Lazy TV UK. Anyone can jump aboard to watch their favorite shows; all that’s necessary is a computer and broadband connection.

Joost, or the Venice Project, is an integration of television and the Internet. It’s different than your cable box with pay per view options; it’s also different from broadband and streaming video online. Free of charge, anyone can watch full-screen shows from thousands of channels around the world. ‘Chat, instant messaging, search and more – baked right into the TV experience’ is how the Joost.com website promotes the key differences. You can schedule the shows you want to watch, essentially creating your personalized TV guide. This can be shared with other people, and you can exchange and learn more about TV programs in the process.

When it’s showtime, Joost isn’t limited in options; choose from National Geographic, Bridezillas, IndyCar Series, or GameStart TV catering to any and all tastes. More channels are soon to be launched; a clean screen with attractive menus and easy-to-navigate platforms gives you full control over every single program or video segment.

The internet has changed the way people and networks share and disseminate information. From YouTube to Google Video sharing, there are hundreds of outlets available to create and share with fans and subscribers. Network television has enormous potential for interactivity; Joost is filling the need of internet-based TV. Search features, discussion groups, chats, and more enhancements to your TV schedule are available in one simple download.

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Nicole Hennig
Nicole Hennig is a freelance writer, content writer, blogger, and also a photographer. She graduated from the University of Caloocan in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015.

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