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Sezmi, a start-up seeking to be at the heart of the convergence of the internet and broadcast television, has announced the completion of the first successful technical trials of its TV 2.0 service.

The Silicon Valley company has been using Seattle as a testbed for its hybrid system, which combines digital terrestrial TV signals with broadband connections to offer both regular TV channels and programming on demand.

Sezmi’s partners in Seattle were Fisher Communications, Tribune Broadcasting and Daystar Television Networks – TV station owners who are licensing their spectrum and expect to earn additional revenues from advertising on local news content included in Sezmi’s service.

Sezmi expects to be able to undercut the offerings of cable and satellite providers by using the existing over-the-air TV towers and broadband infrastructure to deliver its services.

Sezmi will be showing off its service, which allows members of a household to create separate personalised TV experiences, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. [24×7]

Seattle Business, Seattle Mag Adds Washington CEO to Family
Tiger Oak Publications, the publisher of Seattle Business, Seattle Magazine, Northwest Meetings and Events, Seattle Bride and Urban Pages will merge the assets of Washington CEO into its Seattle Business operations.

Washington CEO magazine has been owned and operated by Tukwila-based development and investment firm Sabey Corp.

“We look forward to the continued growth of Seattle Business through this acquisition,” said Associate Publisher John Kueber. “Washington CEO is a title we have long respected as a competitor, and we look forward to continuing their tradition of compelling events and insightful coverage for the business leaders of Washington State.”

The combination of the two titles should be a natural fit. Jeff Bond, editor of Seattle Business, is the former managing editor of Washington CEO. [24×7]