Cable alternative Sezmi teams with Amazon in 36 new markets

Sezmi, which combines over-the-air, cable, and web video content into a single integrated TV service, has partnered with Amazon to launch in 36 markets in the U.S. The company already has partnered with Best Buy to launch in Los Angeles.

Backed by more than $75 million in investment to date, Sezmi looks at itself as a cable alternative, requiring an upfront hardware buy of its "reception center"--a branded HD DVR that blends live, recorded, on-demand and online content and can store up to 1,400 hours of programming, plus an over-the-air receiver that brings in broadcast and cable signals--for $149.

Users can choose a basic package for $4.99 a month, or an expanded package for $19.99.

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