Startup Watch: Vakaka, the Chinese Joost

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Reader James Ding writes in to tell us about the latest online video innovation in China, where IPTV startup Vakaka launched its X-TV beta this week.

Vakaka provides video on demand and live streaming via P2P for free. Ding tells us, “Unlike Joost or Babelgum, Vakaka X-TV provides VOD and live streaming at the same time. So you can both view a VOD film from Vakaka X-TV and a real-time concert scene. Vakaka X-TV has a Joost-like UI, including channel zone, widget zone, playing control zone, and setting zone.”

Ding attests that 3,000 hours of video programs are available including “the latest films and the hottest soap dramas in China,” with many under 500 kbps to accomodate lower bandwidth users. He spoke with Vakaka CEO William Shi, who said the company has no external funding to date. Other Chinese competitors in the P2P TV space include PPlive, PPstream, UUsee, and QQlive, though they are focused on streaming rather than VOD. [digg=http://digg.com/tech_news/FromNewTeeVee_Vakaka_the_Chinese_Joost]

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Vatary

Although Joost has stronger financial strength in the global video market, Babelgum and Vakaka have their own advantages in their own home markets and they still try to defeat Joost at some point. The more competitions exist, the more internet TV viewers and the more profits the practitioners can make. The business opportunities belong to every one, including carrier, the content provide and the TV add-on service provider.

So what will happen in the future? Maybe Joost succeeds in the U.S.A., Babelgum works successfully in the EU, and Vakaka grows fast in China.

Pierre Col - UbicMedia

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“3,000 hours of video programs are available including “the latest films and the hottest soap dramas in China,” with many under 500 kbps to accomodate lower bandwidth users.”

Hmm, under 500 kbps for video you do not have enough quality to really enjoy the content, for instance by viewing it on your large flat TV. You just have “improved Youtube-like quality” to be displayed in a little window of your PC screen.

Under 500 kbps, you can not really benefit of valuable and premium content (movies, TV series, TV shows, live music & concerts…) you just have a downgraded preview of those content.

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