With services like Aereo TV taking a similar streaming approach -- and getting sued in the process -- NimbleTV won't have an easy road ahead, but the outfit's willing to take its chances. The startup plans to launch its subscription-based offering to the public within the next few months, allowing future users to stream cable content to unspecified devices at any time and from anywhere on the globe -- all thanks to Nimble's cloud-based software. However, unlike some of its competitors, NimbleTV will give customers the ability to select channel packages based on personal preferences, though that'll depend heavily on the TV providers going along for the ride. While the service will only be available in the US and India at first, the company does plan a broader launch at some point in the future. No word yet on how pricing will play out, but there is a NYC-only beta (just as Aereo did) which you can join now by giving the source below a quick click.
NEW YORK, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NimbleTV (nimbletv.com) today announces a game changing new subscription-based TV platform that for the first time enables customers to access all of their television from anywhere in the world, on any device. Customers access their subscription TV service using NimbleTV cloud-based software that lets them view their TV wherever they are – with nearly unlimited recording capability and social tools to help guide what to watch. The service is a global platform beginning with TV offerings from the U.S. and India, and will roll out to other countries. Individuals can sign-up for private beta starting today. Anand Subramanian, CEO of NimbleTV, made the announcement.
"NimbleTV is based on the simplest idea: customers should be able to access the TV they pay for wherever they happen to be," said Subramanian. "Today, the groundbreaking technology behind our service makes 'TV everywhere' a reality – with more options, high-quality viewing on any device, watchable from anywhere. Our model is predicated on the belief that providers and content producers should be paid. NimbleTV is a solution that's both consumer friendly and industry friendly."
NimbleTV sets customers up with their own subscription agreements with TV providers that NimbleTV supports. Customers make payments directly to their providers with NimbleTV acting as a payment service. In addition to local coverage, NimbleTV includes all cable channels, depending on which package a customer selects. The service has more than 10,000 hours of digital recording. There is no box to buy or equipment to set up. NimbleTV has built-in social features that enable customers to easily follow and record what their friends like to watch on TV.
Beta users will have access to a TV subscription package with more than two dozen channels, with more added during the beta period. The NimbleTV price will include the provider subscription at cost, plus a small fee for services such as subscription set up and management, the advanced functionality of portability and industry leading DVR capabilities. The company will announce exact pricing when it launches the product to the public in the next few months.
NimbleTV is at the forefront of new technology that helps consumers by merging the best of online and linear content, which mirrors how viewers increasingly experience TV today. For instance, people will be able to connect socially around their favorite shows and communities will help curate choices from among the vast number available. In addition, people today are demanding more simplicity, seeking to avoid unnecessary equipment and set-top boxes.