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Picture of an old TVVintage TV programme site See Saw has been bought by a consortium of investors. They are the same people who bought Bebo before. Remember Bebo? The social network for creatives which launched before MySpace and which was responsible for Bafta-nominated dramas like Kate Modern? No, few people do - I wonder whether the same will happen to See-Saw.
When it launched last year from the rubble of Project Kangaroo (a joint venture between the broadcasters), the business was a great catch-up site. You could rent or download old TV shows for free like Doctor Who (launched on Facebook this week and available in the iTunes store), Father Ted (see the iTunes store) and many more modern things that old gits like me are less interested in.

Earlier this year it was about to shut because owner Arquiva no longer wanted it. The thing is, the reasons for this still remain in place.


You can probably see where this is going. Like Bebo before it, which was superseded by MySpace and later YouTube, my worry about See Saw is that it's not strictly necessary. If you want to catch up with recent TV then ITV Player, BBC iPlayer, 4OD and other services like that will work fine.

If you want something older but don't want to buy a DVD - and there are still a hell of a lot of DVD buyers out there - then the iTunes store and other download sites are a good way of getting things. The prices are often criticised but that's going to be no different for See Saw.

The sum that has been paid has not been disclosed but the chairman will be TV veteran Michael Jackson and the consortium of investors will be led by Criterion Capital Partners. In a press release Jackson is quoted as saying: ""The TV industries in the U.K. and abroad will continue to be reshaped in ways no one can quite predict, however it is clear that web-delivered programming will play a vital role in that transformation. The technology behind SeeSaw is world class and the group behind the bid has a great mix of entrepreneurial and industry experience."

I'm stumped. On the eve of archive programming moving to established social networks like FaceBook I can't work out why anyone would buy See Saw at the moment. Anyone with wiser ideas than I clearly have, please feel free to comment..! p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'}
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