Recently, I sat in a presentation recently where the good folks over at Vuze pitched their product to a bunch of fresh-faced Norwegian interns (don’t ask). Like most elitist me-too Valley geeks, I had waited frantically for a Joost invite. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Joost is the latest effort by the notorious Estonian masterminds behind killer P2P apps like Kazaa and Skype. It allows you to watch full-broadcast TV shows over your desktop using a slick P2P system.
Anyhoo – Vuze is a bittorrent client that allows you to watch HD content using a similar desktop client paradigm. All the content is legit – the company has struck deals with BBC and other content providers.
Here’s the sucker punch though – the default viewing mode is to download content for later viewing. Now, I know HD content is probably hard to stream, but I don’t care. I’d rather stream online TV and not deal with downloaded files that only play with the Vuze client. To me, this is a deal breaker.