Joost Invites Available

Off topic/Pulling on my technerdgeekery t-shirt on for a second…

Heard or read about this Joost thing ?
News item via the Beeb:

Joost opens online video service

Joost, the on-demand online video service backed by the founders of Skype, has launched commercially.

The internet television service boasts more than 150 content channels – from cartoons to music videos and films.

Services like Joost may change the way viewers consume media and revolutionise the business model of broadcasters.

Until now Joost could be watched by just a few thousand testers. These will now be given an unlimited number of invitations to give to new users.

The service provides video streams in broadcast quality, and is distributed using peer-to-peer technology.

The founders of Joost – Niklas Zennstroem and Janus Friis – are also the team behind the hugely successful internet telephony service Skype.

Blue-chip partners

Users of Joost must download a small application that allows them to watch the video streams on demand.

The services delivers full-screen high quality video, a huge advance on the small size of film clips offered on websites such as YouTube or the BBC.

Films on Joost are interrupted by adverts from the 32 blue-chip companies that are the company’s launch partners, among them Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Intel and Nike.

During the test phase, Joost channels were mainly suited for a young and male audience, heavy on music, sport and light entertainment.

In recent weeks, however, Joost has struck a series of content deals, among them US media giant Viacom. Later this month, CNN will start delivering news on the service, while Sony will offer classic programmes from the 1970s to the 1990s.

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I’ve downloaded and used it. Still early days yet, but looking at what they did with Skype I think there is a massive potential.
Joost is a bandwidth and memory hog though. You need a very recent computer and some fat pipes (Broadband connection) to use it. You can’t use Firefox (another big memory user) and Joost at the same time. Need at least 512mb free.

*Removes thick rimmed glasses*

Saying all that though I still do recommend it and if you would like to give it a try I have some invitations to give out. At the moment this is the only way to be able to download and access it.
To get an invite use Contact form here. Comments are closed on this post because it is off topic.

Edit: Also there's the Democracy Player

Edit: Edit: If you don't fancy downloading any software then try

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