The founders of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) telephony service, Skype confirmed earlier this week a new broadband PC television service was in development.

Since making the announcement, they have been rumours that the UK television firm Channel 4 (C4) is in talks to supply content to the service, which is planned for launch next year.

A spokesman confirmed Monday the project, known as ‘Venice’, was in the works for former Skype owners, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom. And a beta test was launched last week involving 6,000 users.

The Londnon-based pair, who also developed the peer-to-peer music file sharing site Kazaa, said they used the proceeds of their internet telephone business to Ebay for $2.6 billion (£1.3bn) to fund the IPTV venture.