Sezmi Launches Customer Pilot in Los AngelesYahoo! Finance is reporting that this week the television start-up company Sezmi will kick off a customer pilot in Los Angeles, delivering live feeds of 23 cable networks, 50 local TV channels, video-on-demand and Web video through its DVR set-tops, using a combination of wireless broadcast spectrum and Internet delivery.
Sezmi was founded by alumni Phil Wiser (ECE B.S. '90), former CTO of Sony America; and Buno Pati (ECE B.S. '86, M.S. '88, Ph.D. '92), founder of Numerical Technologies. At Maryland, Pati was advised by P.S. Krishnaprasad (ECE/ISR). This fall he was inducted into the A. James Clark School of Engineering's Innovation Hall of Fame for his work in phase-shift lithography.
Sezmi offers a user-friendly interface that allows customers to browse programs in a variety of different ways, using a remote and box that is roughly the size of a DVD player.
The cable networks participating in Sezmi's L.A. launch are: TBS, TNT, USA Network, Bravo, CNN, Headline News, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Planet Green, MSNBC, VH1, Cartoon Network, Oxygen, CNBC, MTV, Nickelodeon, TLC, Science Channel, Syfy, Animal Planet, truTV, Boomerang and TCM.
Published November 16, 2009