I’m at the Supernova Conference in San Francisco, where the coolest thing I’ve heard about is Pando‘s new streaming P2P video service.
The company will allow publishers to offer their videos to be watched while being downloaded, which could be a real boon for encouraging long-form internet TV. Downloaders will have to have the Pando client, which has been installed 8.5 million times since it launched last year. The price is a head-turner; about half a cent a gig, Pando CEO Robert Levitan told me today.
(Update: Pando is actually offering a flat rate of $5,000 per million downloads of any size. So the half-cent price would be if your downloads averaged 1 gig. There I go trying to extrapolate and do math! Levitan said tonight that the pricing is going to be barely profitable for Pando, but it hopes to build interest before introducing higher-priced levels of services.)