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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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OS Support
By hands on 10/2/2007 8:38:58 AM , Rating: 5
It should be noted that by Windows they mean XP SP2 or Vista, and by OS X they mean 10.4. Since I have Win2k and Linux, I don't get any Joost love. It looks like a really neat project though.

RE: OS Support
By drebo on 10/2/2007 10:36:46 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you should come out of the stone age then.

RE: OS Support
By hands on 10/2/2007 12:50:42 PM , Rating: 3

You obviously have a bit of a bias or are simply ignorant to the current state of Linux. I find it technically more capable than any version of Windows that I have ever used for most cases. It's also more pleasant for me to use. I only keep Win2k around for the odd occasion that I need a 3rd party product to work that isn't supported under Linux. Since I'm not interested in 3D gaming, those occasions are truly rare.

RE: OS Support
By Ringold on 10/2/2007 1:03:29 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, drebo didn't mention Linux by name; feeling a little defensive? :P

The Space Shuttle is also technically superior to, say, SpaceShip One, but from an ease of use perspective, I think I'd rather pop up in to space with Scaled Composites or even a Soyuz all the same. Thanks.

RE: OS Support
By Spuke on 10/2/2007 4:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
Linux is easy to use too, as long as you don't have to install drivers or software. :P

RE: OS Support
By wetwareinterface on 10/2/2007 6:09:44 PM , Rating: 2
linux is very user friendly.
it's just also very choosy as to whom it calls a friend.

RE: OS Support
By hands on 10/3/2007 9:31:08 AM , Rating: 2
I mentioned both Linux and Win2k by name. His post implied that by using either or both without the use of something "more modern" I was in the stone age. I actually addressed that indirectly in my post by explaining my use of both systems, and I do feel that Win2k is lacking. That is why I didn't defend Win2k.

Maybe you should take a class in personal communication. Forum threads mirror conversations. Something doesn't have to be mentioned by name directly every time to refer to it if it has been referenced previously.

RE: OS Support
By gradoman on 10/2/2007 11:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
OS 10.4, on Intel-based Macs.


RE: OS Support
By xNIBx on 10/2/2007 12:50:50 PM , Rating: 2
I think you can run joost on linux by using wine.

RE: OS Support
By hands on 10/3/2007 9:34:56 AM , Rating: 2
I might test that when I get some time, but it would certainly be preferable if they just supported Linux directly.

BTW, do you know which OS version wine should mimic for best results? I would be amused if it worked better as Win98 than Win2k or higher?

RE: OS Support
By GotDiesel on 10/2/2007 2:25:48 PM , Rating: 1
Well in my book if it's "open to everyone".. then why only target two operating systems ? doh...

RE: OS Support
By zahadum on 10/2/2007 9:19:48 PM , Rating: 3
the report doesnt explicty mention what geographic regions will be served by joost.

usually the i-cant-find-my-state-capitol-on-a-map editors of american media usually forget that the rest of the world exists (is it any wonder that america is always getting into so much grief) ...

it would be useful if webmasters could add a map as a standard tool to their style-guide ... that way they could easily & consistently support ajax mash-ups.

Will not work on my PC now
By dblagent on 10/2/2007 10:38:05 AM , Rating: 2
Just thought I would save anyone running Spyware Doctor by PC Tools the trouble of attempting to try Joost. It will not work at all with Spyware Doctor installed on your PC. I used Joost for several months and was happy with the service but once I installed Spyware Doctor it would no longer even start. The is apparently a known problem and has been since about February and they still have not fixed it yet.

I just downloaded the new 1.0 Joost to try again and it still errors on startup. If you remove Spyware Doctor it will work fine. Unfortunately, though I have never had malware on my PC I am unwilling to remove Spyware Doctor so no Joost for me, :(

RE: Will not work on my PC now
By vailr on 10/2/2007 11:58:06 AM , Rating: 3
New build out today:
Spyware Doctor

RE: Will not work on my PC now
By leexgx on 10/2/2007 3:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
or uninstall Spyware Doctor that fix more problems like Slow pc some programs not working

RE: Will not work on my PC now
By Spuke on 10/2/2007 4:24:27 PM , Rating: 2
Spyware Doctor blows ass.

RE: Will not work on my PC now
By dblagent on 10/2/2007 6:27:34 PM , Rating: 2
Actually Spyware Doctor is a very good program and I would put it in my top two of removal programs. I find it scans too slow for me most of the time, but it does work very well. I do not notice any slowdown at all on my machine. I also like SpySweeper, but it pops up too often for me though it also does a decent job.

I really could remove it, as I never have trouble with malware in general but I like having it. I am running Vista Ultimate (gotta love those fine extras! lol) and have 2gb of ram and I have no trouble with slowdowns at all and I leave it up even when gaming with no issues.

I did find that if I shutdown Spyware Doctor Joost will run again. The exact error message when you try and run Joost is that there is a conflict with KLG.DAT in the spyware doctor folder.

RE: Will not work on my PC now
By euclidean on 10/2/2007 1:01:56 PM , Rating: 2
AVG-Antispyware ftw. Spyware Doctor ftl.

This seems like an awesome by cable? god it'd be nice to get rid of those high prices we pay for cable lol.

To all everyone...
By SilthDraeth on 10/2/2007 10:11:20 AM , Rating: 4
TV service has been made available to all everyone

Is that even more than everyone?

RE: To all everyone...
By Funksultan on 10/2/2007 10:22:36 AM , Rating: 3
Is that even more than everyone?

All your Joost are belong to us.

Babylon 5
By Kuroyama on 10/2/2007 1:35:20 PM , Rating: 3
Just finished watching the Pilot of Babylon 5 on Joost. The quality is watchable, but far from "great", I'd say it's slightly better than Netflix's "Low Quality" (500kbps) setting and far worse than Netflix' excellent "High Quality" (1.5Mbps) setting. Sounds about right given that a quick search on Google indicates they're using H.264 encoding at about only 390kbps.

This is on a 37" screen with a 3Mbps aDSL connection.

By narcispy on 10/2/2007 9:34:05 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a pretty neat website I'll have to check it out sometime. Is it decent quality too?

By peritusONE on 10/2/2007 12:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
If it's still beta, why is it labeled as 1.0?

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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