As announced on the Joost blogÂ the latest version of Joost has just been released for testing. Joost was founded by Niklas ZennstrÃ¶m and Janus Friis ,Â a Swedish and Danish entrepreneur who co-founded the KaZaA peer-to-peer file sharing network and Skype peer-to-peer internet telephony network. Joost is the peer-to-peer video distribution service. The standard marketing message on the Joost website is that Joost is a new way of watching TV on the internet. With Joost, you get all the things you love about TV, including a high-quality full-screen picture, hundreds of full-length shows and easy channel-flipping.
Marketing aside, overall my first user experience has been impressive and the quality of the stream similar to the first Skype conversation I had;Â good but definitely plenty of room for improvement. As any product released today, the expected social community is built in with the ability to chat,Â rate shows, invite friends to view a show and some extras likeÂ the news ticker. As you may be able to tell from the screenshots below, a lot of work has been put in to ensure that Joost appeals to a wide user base.
The current channel lineup is limited based on your geographical location but includes Alliance Atlantis Sci-Fi, Atlantic Street, BET, Beyond the Pit, Bite TV, BoomChicago, Braindead, Bridezillas, Channel Frederator, Chat the Planet, Classica Channel, Comedy Central, Critical Shorts, DR, Explora Channel, Fabchannel Concerts, Fifth Gear Shortcuts, Fight Network, Floating Worlds, GameStar TV, GONGÂ Europe, Guinness World Records TV, Havoc Action Sports TV, Havoc Music TV, Healthination, Hot & Wet, i-concerts, IndieFlix Premier Hits, IndyCar Series, Intimate & Interactive, Joost Suggests, Jump TV Arabia, Jump TV Latino, Lassie, Lazy TV, Life on Terra, Lime, Live @ Much, Logo, LXTV, Ministry of Sound Access, Ministry of Sound Music Videos, MTV, MTV Benelux, MTV Nordic, MTV Staying Alive, Much Does Wakestock, MuchAdrenaline, MuchMusic Video Awards, MuchNews Weekly, MuchOnDemand, Music Is My Life, Music Nation, Nardwuar, National Geographic, Nettwerk, New Atlantis, Ren and Stimpy, Off the Fence Docs, OnSet, PokerHeaven TV, Rehearsals.com, Saavn, Saturday Morning TV, SecondsOut.tv, The Circus Channel, The Diddy Channel, The Hobby Channel, The New Music, The Recipe Channel, The Roger Sisters, The Soccer Channel, The Trance Channel, VH1, Virgin Fest 2006, VOY TV, Warner Bros. Records, Whereitsat.tv, WildLight, Witness, World Poker Tour, World’s Strongest Man, XL Recordings Channel, What’s Popular.
Looking at the future plans for Joost expect to see a lot more add-ins being developed around the program. For now, I’ve tried it out and am happy with the initial release. If anyone cares for anÂ invitation to test out the service drop me a line or comment.
Leo, I would love an invitation if you’d be willing to share.
Unfortunately I’m out of invites. Will update the post when I receive more.
I got more invites incase anyone is interested.
Hey man, I would love an invite if you got one.. [email protected]
That would rock man, thanks.
I am a disabled Vet and am not able to get out much. I would appreciate an invite to Joost because I am always looking for something to fill my days with…
Great review! The line-up is impressive. If you have another invite, I’d love one!
I’d love an invite if you have any more. Thanks a bunch!
I’ve got more invites incase anyone needs one.
I’d love to check it out if you have more invites! Thanks!
Hi there! If you have any more invites, I would love one. I just broke my left ankle in three places and will be laid up for aboout four months, with internet but only basic local tv-not even basic cable. TIA! – Jenn
I’ll take an invite, Thanks =).
This joost sounds pretty awsome… It would be nice to get away from the reg. tv for a bit. Could I get an invite? Thanks
anymore invites by chance? thanks if you do
It looks like your invite list is growing fast. I would like one as well. Thanks
yo, shoot me an invite if you’ve got a spare!