06.21.2010 12:00 PM
Sezmi Launches in 10 More Markets
BELMONT, CALIF.: Sezmi, the company pushing a set-top
consolidated over-the-air TV offering, is launching service in 10 more markets.
The company said last week it was providing entry-level “wireless cable” service
in Boston; Detroit; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Miami,
Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and San Francisco. San Francisco served
as a pilot test bed along with Los Angeles. Beta service was commenced in the
two cities late last year. Sezmi gear is now available at Los Angeles Best Buy
stores as well as online
Content is transmitted via leased broadcast spectrum and through household
broadband connections to a set-top receiver with 1 TB of storage. The service
is $5 a month for broadcast and broadband content, and $20 or so a month for an
additional 25 cable channels. Content providers get a cut of the subscription
fees. The one-time hardware costs are $299.99.
Sezmi was started up last year by co-founders Phil Wiser, formerly of Sony, and
Buno Pati. The venture received $25 million in third-round funding last
November, bringing total private equity investment to $78 million.
-- Deborah D. McAdams