Belmont, Calif. - Sezmi, the multichannel TV service that uses both broadcast spectrum and the Internet to deliver programming choices, said Thursday that it will soon ramp up availability of its Sezmi Select product to additional U.S. markets.
The service, which is billed as an alternative to cable and satellite-TV service, will build up distribution for its launch in the greater Los Angeles area, while simultaneously deploying a service upgrade to existing Sezmi subscribers.
The upgrade includes new Entertainment Zones, online browsing of the Sezmi on-demand catalog and other features.
Sezmi said it will launch its entry-level Sezmi Select offering this week in Boston; Detroit; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Miami, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and San Francisco.
Customers can order a Sezmi system and subscribe to the service online at
The Sezmi Select offering combines a digital TV receiver with a smart, personalized DVR. The product seamlessly combines broadcast content with a large collection of movies from top Hollywood studios, on-demand TV from leading broadcast and cable providers, and video from YouTube and other online content providers.
Existing LA subscribers find new Entertainment Zones, which aggregate live, recorded and on-demand programs, movies, web videos and podcasts, plus upcoming TV listings, into an easy-to-navigate interface.
This is said to enable broadcasters, TV stations and other entertainment providers to deliver an easy to access branded interactive entertainment experience.
The Sezmi Select and the Sezmi Select Plus packages, the latter of which includes a rich selection of top cable channels, are currently available in the greater Los Angeles area, including parts of Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, at many Best Buy store locations or online through
, Sezmi said.
The Sezmi Select Plus package is also planned to see a service update later this year.