Is this the future of TV? Streaming TV programmes via your PC, this is what the founders of Joost want to offer us and for free! We can already download films and music but this is different , we are talking about a live TV feed to your PC.
Brought to us via the same people that gave us Kaza the peer to peer software and later of course Skype the Internet telephone service recently sold to ebay for a small fortune (£1.3 billion) , this is the next project.
Currently in the Beta testing stage (I have just signed up to become a beta tester) I think the plans do sound impressive, such as the option to channel surf, close to DVD quality pictures. Advertising will have to be included, well if you want it free this is the only way for them to raise revenue.
The one fly in the ointment so to speak is the massive bandwidth that will be required, estimates of 320Mb per hour is believed to be the right trade off between quality and bandwidth usage, if you have a low download cap from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) this could end up costing you a fortune, in the ideal world you would have no download cap at all but for most this is not the case.
There are fears that if the system was to used on a wide scale the download demands could bring much of the web infrastructure to a grinding halt, this remains to be seen.
I think that this could be massive in the future and as a beta tester of the software I am proud to be in at the beginning, if you would like to become a beta tester or just check out what all the fuss is about have a look here.
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