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Raketu combines 'YouTube' & 'MySpace'

Social-networking-cum-IPTV launches in US

A new application from Raketu Communications aims to integrate IPTV (Internet Protocol television) with social networking, two of the internet's hip technologies.

Raketu.tv, which became available in the US in beta mode yesterday, delivers IPTV and VOD (video on demand) programming. The social-networking component factors in when using the IPTV or VOD services with Raketu's other communication and entertainment application, which shares the company's name. Raketu, which debuted last September, aims to integrate separate communication- and entertainment-programs that should be combined into one client, said Raketu chief executive Greg Parker. It includes VoIP (voice over IP), instant messaging and file-sharing.

While simultaneously using other applications and websites accomplishes the same tasks as Raketu, Parker said that his software eases communicating and information gathering by combining several services into one program. Users no longer have to use multiple programs and websites to accomplish the same task that one application provides, said Parker.

For example, friends could use Raketu to watch a video on surfing while discussing it via VoIP or instant messaging. The friends could then use a travel search feature in Raketu that locates airfares in an effort to plan a surfing holiday.

"We're a bit of YouTube, a bit of MySpace, a bit of Joost, a bit of different social-networking technologies," said Parker. "We feel that we do a better job of integrating these services."

Parker also noted that Raketu differs from other P2P (peer-to-peer) services, such as Skype and Joost, by not using super nodes, which link multiple computers together to transfer data.

"This means you don't use your bandwidth to help other people get content, which means users get a more secure and faster service," said Parker.

Media Global Intertainment will provide the IPTV content. As of Tuesday, the service offered five stations, including Cartoon TV and BBC Parliament.


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