Inside the Venice Project

The internet has been bubbling for some time with news that Skype co-founder Janus Friis is set to do for TV what his VoIP software did for the humble

The internet has been bubbling for some time with news that Skype co-founder Janus Friis is set to do for TV what his VoIP software did for the humble telephone.Only a select few have been let behind the doors of the plain white Venice Project homepage (pictured) to beta the peer-to-peer technology. With invites to join rarer than a Zune at Steve Jobs’ house, many have been left wondering just what is going on under those wraps.Bits and pieces have come from the homepage blog, hinting at a 'secure P2P streaming technology' to deliver TV shows in high quality over t'interweb. Now, finally, screenshots have been posted on GigaOM.com to give us a glimpse of what's actually inside.And they reveal that it's a standalone piece of software much in the vein of Media Centre with several channels including staff picks and suggestions based on viewing habits.Reports are that it's as easy to use as Skype and has many cool features for discussing what's on with others. Content providers are now expected to start queuing up to get their programmes on there. No doubt we'll hear more as we get closer to launch.

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