Picture the scene, wife sat on the sofa watching some soap from a month ago she has recorded on Sky+.
Youngest child on my iPod Touch playing games so wife can watch the soap and not that same Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs DVD – AGAIN!
Older children in bedroom and kitchen doing their homework – hopefully.
And me sat at the computer in the living room watching an old episode of Top Gear, a drama or comedy that might not have hit me first time around or Drop the Dead Donkey.
I’ve been doing that for years, but in the past I’ve had to hunt around for a DVD, download something in a less than legal way or rely on what’s on offer from the BBC through the iPlayer.
While the iPlayer is brilliant it is limited in that it only gives you seven days worth of material, and sometimes you just ‘feel’ like watching an old episode of a show.
This is where the brilliance of SeeSaw comes in – it started life as Project Kangaroo from the BBC – but after that was squashed by the BBC Trust Arqiva took on the technology and launched SeeSaw.
That was 16 months ago and now, an advertising campaign and thousands of hours of enjoyment later – it is shutting down.
On their blog the SeeSaw team put the closer down to parent company Arqiva.
“However, as part of an ongoing strategic review of its business activities Arqiva, our parent company, is no longer able to support the service.”
The team thanked the people that have used the service over the past few years.
“We’re a small team but we hope we’ve made a big difference and that you’ve had fun watching TV with us.”
Perhaps the the major broadcasters using the service, which has free, subscription and pay per play options, could get together to keep it running.
The site includes material from the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Universal and MTV, who could all work together to offer the service in a similar way to the US networks do with Hulu.
This won’t be so much of a problem for many in the UK now YouTube TV has started carrying more major network programming, but for those of us in Jersey, where YouTube TV doesn’t work – it’s back to the DVDs.
SeeSaw will close in June 2011.
- SeeSaw video-on-demand service to close (go.theregister.com)
- UK TV on demand site SeeSaw to close (thenextweb.com)
- UK VOD Strugglers Shake-Out: YouView Chair, SeeSaw CEO Out (paidcontent.org)
- Rise of ‘PC dinner’ as Britons eat at their computers (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘German Hulu’ Blocked For Being Anti-Competitive (paidcontent.org)