Joost Revisited

Okay, you’re probably wondering what’s with the revisited title since I never ‘visited’ this topic in the first place. I got in the beta of the program very early – when it was called The Venice Project. I thought it was going to be like streaming NBC or something, but that definitely wasn’t the case. I sort of forgot about the whole thing after a little while, but with Joost hitting the headlines recently, I thought I’d give it another whirl.

The UI is absolutely fantastic looking, but sometimes a little difficult to use. There are a lot of menus and I thought I was stuck with the initial stock of channels; I didn’t know that you could add more. The initial bunch of channels that come with Joost weren’t particularly inviting for me, but after a bit of searching, I managed to add some comedy and news. There’s a lot of content to look through. You’ll probably find something you’re interested in. Another factor will be how often new content is added. Joost has said they typically add content every week, which seems like an okay rate, but if they really want heavy use of the service, they’ll probably have to step that up.

The service in its current form is mostly supported by ads. Most of them are targeted at the main user group, young-ish males, so hopefully they won’t be too annoying. If it’s something you want to try, I have, well, unlimited invites to the thing so just leave a comment with your email address and I can get that going.

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