Joost gathers steam for public launch

The free, peer-to-peer streaming TV service spearheaded by the founders of KaZaA and Skype is scheduled to launch publicly some time this month, according to an Associated Press report on Yahoo News.

In an effort to gather content for the launch, Joost entered several new distribution agreements today, including one with Turner Broadcasting System that will allow the service to show CNN news, interviews, and programs like Larry King Live. The deal will also enable Joost to show Adult Swim programming including Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken. But Turner isn’t the only company Joost signed with today. Indeed, the Associated Press says Joost has entered agreements with Sony, whereby it will show Starsky & Hutch and Charlie’s Angels episodes, as well as Sports Illustrated and Hasbro. Viacom, the Warner Music Group, and CBS have already signed up with Joost, as well.

Joost, which was previously known as the Venice Project, seeks to do to TV what Skype did to telephony. The service streams relatively high quality video for free thanks to a peer-to-peer content distribution system and advertisements from companies like Coca-Cola, Nike, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Sony, and Visa. The people behind Joost haven’t yet decided exactly how the service will display ads, but they say there will be “less advertising than on regular TV.”

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    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    Now they need to come up with a Joost plugin for the xbox 360 and the PS3. That’s when it will be able to explode, IMHO.

      • FroBozz_Inc
      • 12 years ago

      For real. This would be a wonderful idea!

    • Prospero424
    • 12 years ago

    I’ve been using Joost for a good while now off-and-on, and I have to say that I’m impressed. The interface is very, very slick, and the playback quality is by far the best I’ve seen for streaming video from ANY provider.

    It uses h264 video with the CoreAVC decoder streamed using an adaptation of the Skype protocol.

    Seriously, the interface is seamless. But, as usual, content is king. They’ve got some great stuff on there now, but they’re gonna need a lot more to be viable in the long term.

      • VTOL
      • 12 years ago

      Can I get an invite?

    • Fearless Leader
    • 12 years ago

    You get ads with a free service. You get ads with a pay service.

    I’d rather get ads for free than pay for them, so I’ll give it a try.

      • Fighterpilot
      • 12 years ago

      It works pretty well,the streaming video is fairly smooth and has good resolution.The ads are unobstrusive.
      All in all, a good project that is coming along nicely.

    • Firestarter
    • 12 years ago

    I wonder what they’d do if I used this service and throttled my upstream bandwidth..

    • blastdoor
    • 12 years ago

    Advertising? I’d rather pay and be ad-free, personally, but perhaps this will be popular among poor people.

      • Shinare
      • 12 years ago

      snob r[< <]r r[< <]r

        • blastdoor
        • 12 years ago

        🙂

        I was being somewhat ironical (although it’s true that I really don’t like ads)

      • Pettytheft
      • 12 years ago

      The ads are relatively short. About 30 seconds a pop. You get maybe 1 minute of ads for a 30 min block. It’s not bad at all. The only negative is that they tend to pop up out of nowhere.

    • Shinare
    • 12 years ago

    Is it really that hard to come up with good names for stuff anymore?

      • eloj
      • 12 years ago

      Wasn’t there a clone of the arcade game “Joust” called “Joost”? Maybe not. I do see however in google that I’m not the only person to make that mental connection.

    • FubbHead
    • 12 years ago

    Joost… Wasn’t that one of the guys in Cannon Fodder? Jools, Jops and… Oh, I dunno.

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