Special Report: eBay TV
On any given day- there are millions of items listed on eBay-- an on-line trading site for everything from furniture, to clothes -- even cars.
But thanks to new software from BIAP systems people are shopping eBay using their television instead of their computer. You just register on line- and then head to your eBay Channel on TV.
"Inventory within the eBay marketplace can be targeted to your eBay Channel and you can watch things that might be of interest to you. If they are, push a button and you can look at them and bid on them" Ellen Dudar of BIAP said.
You'll see an alert on your TV if someone has outbid you so you won't lose out on something you really want. It's all done with your remote and you can do almost everything you can do on-line.
"You can't pay for it in the current version but we're working with eBay and paypal on making that happen so that's not far away," Dudar said.
Right now eBay on TV is only available to Time Warner Cable customers in Austin, Texas but could Boston be one of the next markets for eBay on TV.
"We hope so," Dudar said.
"It's very hard to predict but it's taking off like wildfire," Winston Churchill of SCP Private Equity Partners said.
Churchill, a venture capitalist, actually backed the project 6 years ago with $1.77 million.
"It may actually realize the dream of sort of reuniting the household in front of one screen and make the Internet accessible to everybody," Churchill said.
(Copyright © 2005 Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)