Babelgum, the Internet TV network that runs over P2P networks, has announced the phased opening of the service to users around the world. People that pre-registered their interest with Babelgum are now being provided with access. New Babelgum members and the original beta testers can download a revised and enhanced Babelgum client application.
A capped number of free downloads is available daily from the Babelgum website on a first come first served basis. All users can also invite as many friends and colleagues as they like to join them on Babelgum, and over the next few weeks the number of users will be steadily increased. Currently, only a Windows XP version is available.
Content on Babelgum is accessed via an initial nine core channels, organised by genre, that then provide access to hundreds of hours of broadcast quality material from both niche and mainstream programmers. Every user will be able to create individual thematic “smart channels”, which automatically generate programming according to personal interests and tastes. Recorded preferences can be overridden by browsing channel genres and searching for specific content.
The first content deal announced by Babelgum was with UK based 3DD Digital to provide a selection of concerts and live performances, followed by a contract with Ministry of Sound TV.