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Sightspeed 4.5

I had a chance, while at ETel, to meet with Sightspeed CEO Peter Csathy.   Sightspeed is one of the leaders in video conferencing applications for the PC, and ships their product in a large number of different OEM configurations.

Anyway, three weeks ago, Peter gave me a preview of what their upcoming release, Sightspeed 4.5, would look like.  New UI, and a new community / public directory model, transform Sightspeed from a point to point communications tool, into a virally propagated video communications tool.  Skype is trying to do this, but doesn’t have near the video quality that Sightspeed has.  And that, of course, will be the big differentiator.  Just as Skype disrupted the VoIP market by proving that PC to PC voice could be a quality experience, Sightspeed has the same opportunity with PC to PC video.

Sightspeed 4.5 releases today.

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  • Andrew February 13, 2006, 10:27 am

    I like Sightspeed, it works great. But someone has to ask the question though~ Does anyone really want video?

    Skype's video is cool, as is MSN, Yahoo's etc., what are the business reasons for Video, (get your mind out of the gutter Alec :) )

    Maybe it is just me, but I don't particularily like it, voice is quicker – I can multitask without appearing rude on camera, and I don't have to be stationary.

    Do IMlike providers add it just because it is as relatively easy as voice? and younger users constantly ask for it? Personally, I think stereo conferencing is more compelling, but no one seems to be working on integrating that technology…

  • Alec February 14, 2006, 3:17 am

    I think these are all valid questions Andrew. Me personally, I am in your camp. Folks like Erik Lagerway, however, have this strong conviction that citizen journalism, for instance, is an untapped market. I think the jury's still out.

  • Andrew February 14, 2006, 9:00 pm

    Today, I signed up for http://www.stickam.com , it integrated very easily into my blogger blog. It provides realtime video AND a clientless flash VoIP service, chat, other videos, pictures etc., essentially this is video, but the packaging is very compelling, and I was quick to see potential business opportunities for it.

    Maybe video is compelling, as long as it is packaged and presented the right way.

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