Skype founders to launch web TV
Our favorite Scandinavian web entrepreneur-outlaws strike again. In an interview with the Financial Times, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the boys who first gave us Kazaa and then Skype, have confirmed lingering rumors that they will launch an Internet-based TV service. The initiative, thus far codenamed the Venice Project, "is expected to launch next year and is being tested by about 6,000 individuals," reports the FT.

And here's the reassuring news for mainstream TV networks: The new IPTV service is designed for legitimate copyrighted content. As Ryan Block at Engadget notes: "Their video data is encrypted so the P2P here isn't the same kind of P2P you might be thinking of."

For those of us without a conventional TV waiting patiently for the arrival of real IPTV, each little step in this direction is welcome news. And we're a growing number, no?
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