Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Two good stories in Wired today

first, How Yahoo Blew It. A great recap on how yahoo tried to cobble together a competitor to google but was hamstrung by corporate inefficiencies, turf wars and a lack of a clear strategic vision.

second, Why Joost Is Good for TV - this is a project founded by the same guys who invented Kazaa and Skype. Next up for them is TV - they're getting a ton of buzz lately and I'm participating in the beta test. will let you know more about that as it progresses.

1 comment:

Justin said...

Free TV sounds like a great idea that has the potential to revolutionize how we consume content. However, there are several factors that could possibly slow the development of such technology. First, adoption will most likely be sluggish because of the lack of “A-plus content” as the article calls it. The type of TV content that could be found on Joost is probably the kinds of shows I would skip over anyway. Second, copyright infringement and piracy issues should turn people away in order to avoid the same problems that Napster and Kazaa users faced in the early stages of P2P file sharing. Third, relying on users to upload most, if not all the content for Joost is a questionable strategy. I am personally not interested enough to spend time uploading content that I want to share with others. I would prefer it if Joost provided the content, much like the way television networks do for cable and dish subscribers. On the other hand, I would like the search option talked about that would allow users to view any show saved on the network. Overall, Joost seems like a decent starting point to answering the growing demand for alternative ways for people to consume media content.