BusinessWeek’s Olga Kharif has written a short article on Jeff Pulver’s latest effort: Network2.tv.Â She leads off with the provocative question of whether this will be the “Vonage” of TV, and then makes this statement:
Pulver believes that, in 2007, we’ll see the rise of a new TV network that will eventually compete with the likes of NBC, ABC and CNN. He believes that this new TV network will be Web-based. And he hopes it will be Network2.tv.
Is the Vonage of TV the right analogy?Â Maybe and maybe not.Â Like Vonage, Network2.tv is a broadband parasite — it rides on someone else’s network.Â But unlike Vonage, Network2.tv isn’t actually a substitute for your television.Â It’s not about saving money, as Vonage was.Â Rather, it’s about getting the content you want.Â Network2.tv isÂ a long tail play for micro-shows, rather than just a new distribution mechanism.Â In that respect, it’s more like Tivo, than Vonage, except web based.
What’s also fascinating is that because Network2.tv guide isn’t time based, but rather content based, it may be able to neatly sidestep all of the ugly program guide patents owned by Gemstar International.
Go go Jeff!