/
06.21.2010 12:00AM
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


Comments
Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

1.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Mon, 06-21-2010 - 6:09PM Report Comment
Since this is essentially a revamped reboot of the old USDTV system I'm really curious as to what arguments are being made to show a roadmap to profitability. Since my understanding is that these new roll-outs do not have many of the desired channels that were available in the test markets I don't hold out a lot of hope that they will last any longer than the time it takes them to burn through their third round of funding. I'd like to be proven wrong as consumers could really benefit from a viable and competitive option to cable and satellite service.




Thursday 2:01PM
IBC APP Now Available
I downloaded the app and found it useful for my main IBC pitfall


 
Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology