The Joost ITV service is now open to everyone

In an official blog post on the company's web site, Joost announced that the peer-to-peer Joost Internet TV service has been made available to all everyone - allowing all interested users to download and run the service.  Originally presented nine months ago by the founders of Skype and Kazaa, Joost 1.0 lets users watch free TV on their PCs.  The service is free through advertising similar to TV commercials.

“For us at Joost, we are exhausted, but excited. Many of us have put as much as two years of our lives into this little 'project,' and owe a great deal to our families for supporting us, to our friends for not ignoring us, and to all the beta testers who cheered us on and helped with ideas, feedback and lots of bug reporting," Joost said in the blog.

The service is still in beta mode, with an open beta allowing Joost programmers to quickly identify and fix all bugs.

Joost 1.0 is available on the Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X operating systems.

According to Mike Volpi, Joost CEO, the company has continued to see large interest in the Joost service over the past several months.  Volpi also mentioned that he hopes to have Joost on TVs in the next 18 months, but details with software issues and hardware partners must be ironed out before making the leap.

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