5 Questions for Joost CEO Mike Volpi

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  1. My sense is that most of the content is streamed directly from servers today.
    Will the Ad supported biz model justify the cost of classic CDN hosting vs. the hyped p2p?

  2. I doubt the carriers or MSO’s would try to do anything unless Joost is successful. But, even with net neutrality, the US regulators would probably let broadband operators “over shape” services on a highly constrained upstream link. The DOCSIS MAC sure would make it very easy (just think PowerBoost for Joost — drop from 500kbps to 5kbps after the first 10MBytes). As long as they shaped all upstream traffic the same, it would be net neutral, and none of the non-Joost users would know it was happening. I can’t imagine anyone more out of their comfort zone than Mike Volpi walking the halls in Washington.

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  4. If joost runs on AppleTV, this will be another missed source of revenue for apple, not likely to happen with Steve.
    Who is watching shows or movies on PC, remember the fiascos of the Movielink and cinemanow ?
    Joost need to sharpen their business model, I am confident Michael has some expertise in that…

  5. Mike makes an interesting point talking about “ad-supported long form produced video content”. Long form content makes a lot of sense on TV – Joost will likely enter the real TV domain soon via the set-top-box. Now that set top boxes are Untangled from the cable/satellite provider, a consumer could purchase a set top box and watch Joost (also get cable and Broadcast TV) from the comfort of the living room.

    I think the hiring Mike Volpi as Joost CEO is a big strategic play because Mike was running the Scientific Atlanta business at Cisco. Read more at
    http://techuntangled.com/joost-makes-strategic-acquisition

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  7. As long as they shaped all upstream traffic the same, it would be net neutral, and none of the non-Joost users would know it was happening. I can’t imagine anyone more out of their comfort zone than Mike Volpi walking the halls in Washington

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