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This post’s author, The Media Patriot, is a fellow consumer who enjoys music and television but condemns DRM. His pseudonym pays homage to the original participants of the Boston Tea Party.
Remember back in the Autumn of 2006 when the hotly anticipated “Venice Project” promised all that it’d do for television, what ebay and Skype did for auctions and phone calls? Well, here we are two years later and after much disappointment, Joost has released a new version of itself called…drum roll…New Joost.
New Joost is supposedly a “browser only” plugin that let’s you watch Joost content in the browser – but’s that’s a bit of a misleading statement. New Joost downloads and installs a 6MB version of Microsoft C++ Runtime Environment onto your hard drive.
As much as I would like to share my New Joost experience with all ZNF readers, I cannot since after installing the plugin, CPU usage spiked at 99% for several minutes and crashed the browser to an unrecoverable state. To add to insult to injury, after killing off the hung browser, the plugin was still running siphoning off my bandwidth to power all the other people using Joost.
The Joost blog promises an all Flash, no local anything version coming in October, but it may be a bit too late since Hulu has pretty much filled the niche market Joost hoped to dominate all those years ago.
Have you tried the New Joost? Write a quick note in the comments with your thoughts.
I’ve enjoyed watching the DECE (“Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem”) discussion unfold – it makes for good entertainment. A decent amount of the commentary has been the typical knee-jerk “DRM sucks” response you’d expect. And while it may be partially true that this industry alliance (Sony, Best Buy, NBC, Comcast, etc) was formed to fend off Apple, DECE has the potential of ultimately benefit all consumers. Really, can it really get any worse?
I watched the entire first season of Burn Notice via Internet streaming and downloads: Hulu, iTunes, and Amazon Unbox on TiVo. Each video locked in its respective silo. When I watched an episode on my laptop, Melissa couldn’t catch up by watching it on TiVo, Xbox, or even her own PC (with separate iTunes account). And there’s no way for me to watch the entire season again via a single screen. Or let’s say I purchase a movie on the living room PS3 or Vudu, and decide to watch it on the bedroomTiVo. Right now, I’m out of luck.
So let’s think about a commercially successful form of DRM… Ignoring for the moment it was cracked years ago, the DVD has enjoyed great success. Buy pretty much any DVD from any studio and it plays in nearly any brand of DVD player. So why not retrofit that “buy once, play anywhere” model for the cloud?
I support the studios protecting their properties, as long as they respect their customers with reasonable usage rights. Of course, the devil will be in the details. We’d most likely need network-connected devices to validate against a licensing server and capable of handling whatever codec(s) they agree upon – so we’re talking either new gear or gear that can be updated to support this model. If and when this ultimately rolls out. But I am hopeful these players do the right thing, and do it efficiently – despite imminent broadband caps, the clock is ticking. And I’m betting they’d rather improve access than see their content given away via P2P networks.
A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs:
- Motorola USB DVR Transcoder Concept: Media Experiences 2 Go
- Holy Flash Batman, DivX Brings Hulu To Your TV: Davis Freeberg’s Digital Connection
- Placeshifting for BeyondTV Has Arrived: Brent Evans Geek Tonic
- 1/3 of European Millennials Prefer Video on a PC: Connected Home 2 Go
- WiMAX Networks Hitting 11 Mbps Download Speeds: Media Experiences 2 Go
- Starting with iPhone App Development: The Daleisphere
Leaving comments across the blogosphere…
A modest proposal for a smoother digital TV switchover
No matter how proactive we are, I think there’s going to be a lot of angry and confused people come February. They’ll call the local TV stations and city hall. It’ll be a financial burden on the little guys who won’t be getting a piece of the spectrum proceeds.
TiVo Launches YouTube Channel with Badoop Badoop Show
I emailed with TiVo this AM. Sounds like the Blackberry announcement is just a business dealio at this point. I assume they’ll do something similar to the Java scheduling app that’s been available on Verizon. I also assume ultimately, maybe they build TiVoToGo into Blackberry’s PC Media Manager. No new functionality really, but potentially a good marketing relationship and perhaps easier for for customers to move video to a Blackberry. But that portion isn’t scheduled for 2008, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Comscore Says Almost Everyone (75%) in the US Now Watches Video Online
Based on the data, it’d be more accurate to ask if 75% of those using the Internet have watched online video. Not the entire population. I’m not even sure what percent of the US is net-connected at this point. My great uncle gets all kinds of links sent to him via email, including YouTube and news sites. If an AOL customer like him is viewing video online, it may indeed be possible the vast majority of Internet users have seen something. Though that 235 minute stat is kinda crazy.
Yahoo hits 52 week low
I’m not a financial analyst kinda guy, but man it seems like Microsoft gave them an exit strategy. Being stubborn isn’t necessarily a successful business strategy. Another example is DISH CEO Charlie Ergen who continues to cost his shareholders money as he drags out the patent litigation with TiVo. It doesn’t matter if he’s right, the court has ruled against him – cut your losses and move on.