Is Joost the next big broadband thing?

Posted By on January 19, 2007

joost screenshotJoost Beta software and web application: Admittedly I don’t know enough about the technology being used in this Beta-only trial or if Joost is going to fly or not, but I know enough to say I’m interested in trying it. Two big names behind this project (originally called The Venice Projectâ„¢) are Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. These are the guys who developed Skype, the voice over Internet protocol service, and they definitely understand how to uses technology this growing broadband world. The Internet TV project began in early 2006 and has now grown to 150 people in five countries. Its still to early to know if they have another winner on their hands, but I’ll venture to guess they do. If you want to know more, check out their website or blog.

I have a favor to ask: I’ve signed up as a Beta-tester, but unfortunately have been put in the ‘hold’ stack since there is probably overwhelming interest. If any of you are already approve beta testers and have a spare token, I’d love to give Joost a try.

What is Joostâ„¢? Here’s what their FAQs says:

Joostâ„¢ is a new way of watching TV on the internet, which uses new and established technologies to provide the best of both the internet and TV worlds. We’re in the process of making it as TV-like as we can, with programmes, channels and adverts. You can also see some things that we think will enhance the TV experience: searching for programmes and channels, for example, as well as social features like chat. There are many more new features to come!
Joost Confirmation


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