Viacom goes with Joost, but can you afford to watch?
One answer would be "on demand" but the widespread use of PVRs and even low-tech VCRs means people are already used to viewing asynchronously.
This may have an impact in countries with low rates of pay TV takeup, but unless Joost can get access to "killer content" (which usually means premium-quality sport such as English Premier League soccer), MTV, Comedy Central and VH1 won't do the job.
The next problem is that internet bandwidth isn't free. In markets like the US where "unlimited" plans are commonplace, ISPs have based their pricing on certain assumptions about what the average customer will do.
Joost uses up to 320M per hour, so if you watch 20 hours a week that's pushing 20G per month on top of your existing usage (unless you're substituting Joost for what are euphemistically known as "alternative distribution channels").
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