Voice a Commodity?

After writing about mywaves mobile video, I’ve been on the qui vive for more on the dissolution of the boundary between telephone and television.

So I sat up on my virtual hind legs this morning when I saw a press release announcing the beta launch of Newport Beach, CA-based Wi-FiTV, a free-to-consumers service that delivers video to anything that connects to the Internet. I didn’t sit up, mind you, because of the company’s hyper-inflated prose. No.

What makes Wi-Fi TV interesting from the VoIP perspective is that voice communications are an adjunct to the TV — not the other way around. The company offers AdCalls‘ ad-based free VoIP service. It’s another indication that voice is a commodity and that innovation is increasingly going to come from the other services that are brought together with voice.

Started by Alex Kanakaris, the photogenic former entertainment promoter, rich media pioneer and author of Signs of Intelligent Life on the Internet — a book designed for online reading — Wi-Fi TV aims to deliver what it calls “Social Internet TV” — online partying, text messaging, and phone calls with live and on-demand television. Former called Kanakaris Communications, Wi-Fi TV has been in business since the mid-1990s.