Later this year, ViseonMedia is coming out with the VisiFone, a broadband digital telephone designed for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
Next year, in a pilot program to pipe entertainment and news to the VOIP phone, ViseonMedia will deliver programming from ABC News Now, the interactive arm of the broadcast news company. In a partnership announced Tuesday, ABC News Now will offer video-on-demand clips of news shows to people with the VisiFone. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
VisiFone is just one of many companies offering VOIP phone service. According to research firm IDC, roughly 3 million people will have VoIP service this year. Within four years, as many as 27 million people will have VOIP service.