Joost: no invite required

Joost, a freeware application that lets you watch TV-on-demand on your computer, recently lifted its invite-only restriction. Now anyone can download and install it from their website! It’s available for Intel Macs and PCs running XP or Vista, and it has a small but interesting selection of international programming: a Chinese entertainment channel, Arabic movies, Nicaraguan baseball, Chilean rugby, even a channel dedicated to Bollywood. This isn’t just a TV replacement, though; Joost uses widgets to give viewers real-time access to discussion boards, news updates, and multi-party chats while you’re watching. Even more promising: Joost released an open API late in August, allowing programmers to build their own widgets and release them to the community.

The software, which comes from the creators of KaZaA and Skype, is based on a P2P model and is currently in beta status. The navigation is fairly intuitive, though, and finding shows to watch is simple. According to CNET News, Joost licensed a ton of Viacom programming – CBS, MTV, Comedy Central, etc – back in February, and while that can’t have been cheap, Joost plans on making its money via advertising revenue. I’m a bit skeptical at how long that will last, but if the success of Skype is any indication, this’ll be around (and free) for a while yet.

[via lifehacker]

Ryan has been proudly maintaining and contributing to Language Lab Unleashed since 2005, and is the current President of SWALLT. Since the summer of 2013 he's been causing trouble with his all-star colleagues in the UMW DTLT; when not wrangling websites Ryan can be found doing strange things with heavy objects.

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  1. Felix · October 2, 2007 Reply

    Time to get an Intel-Mac. Unfortunately no Power-PPC support. 🙁

  2. Ryan · October 2, 2007 Reply

    If Joost doesn’t work for you (whether you don’t have the right hardware, they just don’t carry the shows you want, or some other reason) check TIOTI (Tape It Off The Internet) – it’s a “social media aggregator” that can tell you where to find or buy your favorite shows.

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