Joost; the peer-to-peer video service developed by those behind Skype, has raised $45m from Index Ventures, Sequoia Capital and the Li Ka Shing Foundation, to "...accelerate product development, global expansion, localization, and service offerings". Index Ventures are old mates from Skype, while Sequoia Capital are new to the …
'Technically impressive' ?
If you define 'impressive' as stuttering or aborting channel display all the time, a less than intuitive interface, having redraw problems at very high resolutions and not replying to bug reports perhaps.
The content (when it works) isn't exactly inspiring, and the whole concept is dead in the water to the vast majority of UK users (except those very few on uncapped ADSL or cable)
Why VCs ?
What I don't understand is why give up the equity if they believe so muh in the product. These two guys are billionaire$ - too tight to risk their own funds ... ?
Ever tried to use Joost on a reasonable sized TV?
It makes Freeview look high def! Ergh!
If by broadcast quality you mean I get to watch it alone on my 17 inch monitor, then no thanks. If it means 1080p on a 45 inch TV, then maybe.
I have a 6 Mbs downlink from RoadRunner. Wonder when they are going to throttle me. Uplink is already throttled.
The way I see it, services like this succeed through good marketing hype and sadly this pushes down quality and promotes an inferior product to dominate the market place.
Skype has already done this with a product that's proprietary, not properly supported by the vast majority of VoIP hardware, doesn't integrate well with SIP supporting based mobile phones, and still generally requires a PC to be switched on somewhere to even work. Good marketing and clueless consumers however mean that it's a success.
In many ways they've borrowed the business model of Sky (hmm, hang on, even the name has 'Sky' in it and the font is a bit similar to Sky's as well...).
iPod is another. Whilst the device itself isn't inferior in quality, the music downloads are, but analysts have concluded that people don't want quality, they want convenience. They are right that people want convenience but I feel they are wrong about not wanting quality also. They miss the point that people don't just want to exclusively listen to music on a portable device. I worry that CDs will dissapear some day and the only available music will be on poor bitrate DRM downloads.
Same with broadband video which I suspect will mainly succeed on portable devices partly because of the quality issues and partly due to more analysis which will tell marketing bods that people want portable video. Personally I don't find the idea of watching video on a train or bus particularly attractive, but if the name is big enough and people are told they want it, they'll buy it.
Does it work for you?
I've tried Joost a few times over the past few months, and never had it work. I'd get an advert for Joost fine, show the intro, stutter then display "sorry this channel is no longer working" .
Joost an Illusion
I have been beta testing Joost for sometime now.
I too find the interface not very intuitive, in fact, to the less 'techie' amongst us I think it may be bordering on the confusing.
I do not have any issues with the streaming, maybe my BB connection is top nothc, but agree that the content is somewhat poor (apart from the Fifth Gear reviews - being a petrolhead these appeal!).
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