Archive for January, 2007

Billag yes? Billag no? Billag maybe!

January 31, 2007

20minuten, a free Swiss newspaper, published an article today covering Zattoo, in which the journalist kind of made me state that consumption of TV through Zattoo is not subject to the Swiss TV and Radio tax (a.k.a. Billag fee).

Reality is a bit more complex. We talked to Bakom back in November 06. Their press contact told us that “Zattoo is the unique single only service in Switzerland that is Billag-free. Here’s why: The ruling by Bakom regarding Billag fees is actually in favor of Billag and makes it very clear that if a subscription fee is charged by the provider, even for Internet TV, then Billag must be paid as well. Zattoo, however, being subscription (fee) free, is the sole exception.

What do we think? There’s a good chance (98%) that you’re paying the fee already, so no reason to worry or to do anything. If you never bothered to pay Billag for your good old television set, the Zattoo experience of television anytime anywhere should be a good reason to start doing so

Bringin’ down da house

January 30, 2007

Party place

We have reasons to celebrate:

  1. Zattoo’s latest release seems to be a hit among users
  2. Sugih, Zattoo’s co-founder and CTO, left cold and snowy Ann Arbor to enjoy a few cold and snowy days in Switzerland
  3. We’ll be moving to new, larger offices soon

Since we already share TV with you, we thought we’d also share a couple of beers and invite every Zattoo user who happens to be in Zurich on Friday, February 2, to join our not-too-wild-but-hopefully-cozy-and-fun Housewarming party, starting at 18:00. You’ll find us at the Elias-Canetti-Strasse 7, right behind Zurich-Oerlikon train station.

If you plan on attending, drop us a comment here, and let us know how many martinis, shaken, not stirred beers we should set aside for you.

Parlez-vous français? Parla italiano?

January 28, 2007

Zattooers at work

Then the latest Zattoo release is for you! We added 19 top channels, taking special care of our French and Italian friends. You can now enjoy camembert on a baguette and sip champagne while you watch France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, TF1 or M6. More into spaghetti and lambrusco? Then accompany them with Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3, Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4.

But we didn’t stop there. German-speaking Zattoonatics have been blessed with kabel eins, RTL II, DSF, Bloomberg Deutschlang, n-tv, and ORF 2. While for the fans of the Queen, porridge and Guinness, we are happy to announce BBC Prime.

2.2.2 doesn’t only bring new channels, but also an updated look for the channel browser, minor GUI bugs fixes and improvements, and better support for dual screen displays. The next release will address Vista compatibility.

Wondering who’s behind this bonanza? I guess it’s the guys in the picture (and a few more missing).

Zattoo – I love yoooo!

January 22, 2007


Thanks to Javier for coming up with this slogan, which we like very much. We like it that much that we decided to put it on a t-shirt. So, all you wet t-shirts contestants t-shirt designers out there, get your digital pencils ready, and email us your entry until February 9.

The rules are simple: front-, back- or both-side design; any choice of color; must use the Zattoo TV; must use the “Zattoo – I love yoooo!” slogan; submission must be a GIF, JPG, or PNG image.

We’ll announce the winner here on February 14, the day of savage consumerism love.

Tell us what you watch, we’ll tell you who you are

January 22, 2007

Sort of. At least we’ll be able to tell how we can tailor Zattoo to suit your needs.

If you have 4 minutes to spare, haven’t used Zattoo yet, and can read German or French, fill out the questionnaire below and become part of the “Making of” Zattoo.

For German, click here.
For French, click here.

Kyrill sweeps Zattoo

January 19, 2007

Black Screen of Doom

Storm “Kyrill” did no good to trees and power lines across Europe, and it also hit our infrastructure hard. If you’ve been experiencing the “Black Screen of Doom” over the last few hours, rest assured we’re fixing it. SFi, TSI1, TSI2, TSR1, and TSR2 should all be back soon.