SeeSaw

SeeSaw, the new online TV service (that arose from the legally troubled Project Kangaroo), has launched the next generation of SeeSaw to customers, which basically, is much easier to use and more importantly, has much more things to watch on it.

SeeSaw customers will be able to rent individual episodes or full series of their favourite TV shows, as well as continue to access over 3,000 hours of free TV on SeeSaw.com.

It will also be offering a range of US content and deals have been confirmed with MTV Networks channels Comedy Central and MTV. The deal with Comedy Central includes iconic comedy animation South Park from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The MTV deal features a range of hit shows including The Hills, My Super Sweet 16 and Laguna Beach.

So there.

From the previously announced BBC Worldwide deal, a wide selection of shows across comedy, drama, factual and entertainment genres will be available to rent from today to SeeSaw customers. Some of the UK’s most popular comedy series will now be available and include Fawlty Towers, The Royle Family, Gavin & Stacey, I’m Alan Partridge and Only Fools and Horses.

Dramas available (from the BBC archive) on the service include the popular Cranford, Spooks and Torchwood, whilst non-fictional programming includes Louis Theroux, Planet Earth and Top Gear.

The deals announced today supplement over 3,000 hours of archive and Catch Up content already available for free. SeeSaw has previously announced content from BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, Five and a range of UK indies for shows ranging from Classic Doctor Who to Doc Martin, Neighbours to The Apprentice, Shameless to Footballers Wives.

Pierre-Jean Sebert, CEO SeeSaw commented: “Today’s announcement marks the next phase in the evolution of the UK’s most exciting online TV service. Since launch, SeeSaw has connected with one million TV lovers across the UK with a mixture of great content, a high quality viewing experience and simplicity of use. Going forward, we are confident that our blend of free and premium programming will enhance the appeal of SeeSaw to both viewers and advertisers.”

John Keeling, Platform Controller, SeeSaw said: “SeeSaw offers the richest selection of content available on any online TV service in the UK. We continue to roll out enhanced functionality and new services ahead of schedule and feedback from users to date has been overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to introducing great entertainment content from the major Hollywood studios across the summer months and to giving our viewers what they are asking for.”

The service is available at www.seesaw.com

The online TV service SeeSaw, technology that came from the ashes of Project Kangaroo, is likely to launch in March, with content from partners including BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and Channel Five.

SeeSaw will run as of tomorrow (26th January) in Beta, but will be by invite only.

The service will run very much like BBC iPlayer (which has been a rollicking success) but will feature content from all the major British channels.

However, in addition to that, there’ll also be a chance to watch paid-for programming imported from the US.

As a completely new brand to the burgeoning UK video-on-demand market, SeeSaw is backing its launch with a £5m ad campaign that will include a big TV advertising presence and has been toying with the line “A great place to watch TV” to promote.

That said, with iPlayer being so great and ITVPlayer and 4oD already existing, will this new platform be of any use to anyone?

In addition to this, many who watch television shows online use torrents to download shows from America before they air in Britain.

While the technology is exciting for Those Who Like That Sort Of Thing, it seems it may be a little pointless presently.

The only tangible bonus I can see right now is that it will enable people to watch Channel 4 and ITV shows without using the buggy systems they have in place now.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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