Online TV is like cable, only with a much bigger selection of programs at your fingertips. It is tipped to be the next big thing with innovators signing deals with content providers. Entertainment and technology companies are exploring new online services that would offer film and TV content for the huge online market. Netflix has been a dorminant force in this industry with its streaming service. In 2011 venture capital firms will support unique startups with brilliant and innovative models that can rival netflix.
Amazon.com is already developing a Netflix-type subscription service for TV shows and movies. OnLive, a startup that offers video games over the Web, in which Warner Bros. is an investor, plans to offer movies via subscriptions and other offers. Microsoft and Sony Corp. have also talked to media giants about licensing services TV shows for subscription offers through their video game consoles. TV maker Vizio has also expressed an interest in getting content for a video subscription service. These are among other stories on how film and TV will take center stage next year. The following are already exisiting video services.
Joost is a peer-to-peer based and is developed by the team that invented Skype and Kazaa. Joost requires the download and installation of Windows software and the registration of user details.
Miro promote themselves as an open-source alternative to Joost. Miro is a Windows application but there is no registration of your details. Miro boasts 2,500 channels of non-DRM content, with HD available.
Babelgum is similar to Joost. Babelgum is peer-to-peer based and requires the installation of Windows client software.
Veoh has similarities with Joost and Babelgum. Veoh market themselves as supplying video ranging from home video to internet TV content. Veoh is also a Windows download and requires registration.