The concept of watching TV when and where you want got a shot in the arm today with the announcement of NimbleTV. A new cloud-based television platform launched yesterday, April 23, providing access to pay-TV cable and satellite providers on any connected device without the need of a set-top box or digital video recorder.
The concept is an exciting one. NimbleTV, the TV Everywhere software service acts as an intermediary to traditional multichannel video program distributors by allowing users to sign up for bundled service accessed through a high-speed broadband connection.
According to the company’s website, how it works is this: you buy a cable package, and the service allows you to stream the channels (including live content) from that package to any computer, smartphone, tablet or TV. It even allows you to record up to 10,000 hours of shows to watch later.
“Customers should be able to access the TV they pay for wherever they happen to be,” CEO Anand Subramanian said. Currently in beta testing, NimbleTV bowed with two dozen channels, with additional channels and complete pricing is yet to be determined.
It isn’t clear at this point how much the service will cost or how much the cable packages you purchase through it will cost and where those packages are coming from. We’ll wait and see on pricing, but this looks like a pretty cool service.