The Mad Pulp Bastard
says that the Kung Fu Monkey
offhandedly suggested he sign up for Joost
. This appears to be the latest in a very
long line of Video On Demand (VOD) technologies. I remember talking to a programmer friend of mine who working on this back in the late 90's, and thinking, yeah, I've heard that before.
(I also remember talking to someone who was trying to invent a way to edit video on a personal computer. This was 1986
and a personal computer barely had enough RAM to render a single frame
of NTSC. So you would have had to do it all with tape drives, and 60 seconds would have taken all night. Oh, and NTSC isn't digital, so you'd have generation loss. Sometimes the hardware just has to catch up.)
The idea is you can watch your TV shows on your computer when you want them, instead of when they happen to be on. Sort of like TiVo but without having to remember to record the thing; also, it seems to have ads, though I'm unclear on whether they make you watch them.
Oh, and, it's free. But you have to get an "invitation" from someone who already has it.
I wonder if this will catch on? More to the point, I wonder if the broadcast networks will dare put their content on Joost?
Labels: TV distribution tech