May 4th, 2007
Recently, I got invited to Joost, the new Peer to Peer TV service started by the folks behind Skype. The UI is certainly pretty and lots of eye candy. But at this moment, there is hardly anything interesting that I would watch but hey, it is a great start.
The concept of Peer to Peer TV however is not new. It is first discussed in an academic paper titled Coolstreaming (Wikipedia). With the release of their source codes spur the several P2P TV service like PPLive which I blog about 2 years ago.
PPLive is grow stronger everyday in China. The barrier is that it is still pretty a Chinese software so it is not appealing to the English speaking community. Therefore, I think Joost will be at least successful as PPLive, appealing to those outside China.