Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Joost alias the venice project

finally I have some news on the venice project, alias Joost. Kazaa and Skype entrepeneurs Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis have landed in our country (holland) to develop a peer 2 peer television service, mainly motivated by tax policy (and I suspect the legal system and p2p being relatively favorible in the Netherlands). They aim at low usage of bandwith high resolution service delivery. It will take about 3 years before it can widely errupt to market because by that time most television will have an internetconnection. Untill then it is only internet based. Unlike you tube there is much less server capacity neccessary, because again of the smart use of p2p.
Everywhere the duo comes they disrupt markets (music and thelephony) and off course now television is next. I have already encountered some project proposals about this and not to forget the work of Johan Pouwelse in Delft. The market for broadcast channels is going to be disrupted, no news, but the influence of these two may speed up things a little bit.