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Even though it was anticipated, Joost finally shut down its standalone video player

Online video streaming site Joost announced it is shutting down its current peer-to-peer desktop application so it can better focus on online video viewing.  The P2P client, though seen as a nice change, has limited Joost's ability to sign new content deals with cable networks and copyright holders.  

Although the ability to watch TV content and movies on the PC seemed wonderful, forcing users to download a program rather than showing content through a Flash-enabled web site didn't help draw in new users.  To make up for the download, mini-applications and other perks not available for Flash-based streaming services helped convince users to make the download.

The company began working on a browser plug-in in September that doesn't require an actual download and installation.  Joost's real-time chat ability will be disabled, among several other functions only available for the Joost download.

In an entry on the company's official blog, Joost disclosed why the decision was made to end service of the application:  "Because by discontinuing support for the client, we're able to ensure that everyone who wants to use Joost has a common experience. Focusing on the website has also allowed us to make a lot of improvements quickly," including adding Facebook Connect and introducing the embeddable player.

Both the Windows and Macintosh versions of Joost's applications will no longer work after today.

Joost has been forced to undergo multiple changes after the success of, as Hulu has more content and more partnerships.  In addition to Facebook Connect, Joost released an Apple iPhone application -- but it's still unsure if that will be enough to keep Joost in business in the future.

The company will likely have to make other changes in the future if it wants to remain competitive with the likes of Hulu.

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By leexgx on 12/19/2008 4:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
i used joost for an bit main problem with the download client is that you cant limit upload use as its p2p and also the seed file that stored all the videos you have watched can get Very big and very fragmented as i found out one day, but thats no longer an problem due to no program any more just web site

main problem with tv shows on there web site is that i can download higher quality (not saying high) tv programs that take 2-4 mins to download (350mb or 600mb) and is beter quality and no ads

media company's should of jumped onto joost like system years ago, my brother does not mind watching youtube level quality programs as what he does when i am an little slow downloading it

Interesting but not great....
By BillyBatson on 12/19/2008 7:04:35 PM , Rating: 2
I first installed the Joost program August of 2007 and used it for a total of 2 months before I completely forgot about the app. It was interesting and I was able to watch adultswim cartoons during the day while bored but in the end it just seemed like an inconvenience and the amount of content forced me to watch joost reruns which defeated the whole purpose of going out of my way to watch TV online.
I hope they come out of this positively rathert than go belly up.

By fibreoptik on 12/22/2008 8:38:58 AM , Rating: 2
Just because they're the guys that invented Skype doesn't mean it's an automatic win. The interface was alright, especially in the later patches. The content on the other hand was a downright embarassment with little of interest cycling in a seemingly endless loop. After the 200th time watching the "clubumentary" about Ibiza it became a bit old hat. :p

By fibreoptik on 12/22/2008 8:42:10 AM , Rating: 2
I just noticed has NO ADULT CONTENT!! omgnowaiwtf!!!

Yea? So what's so funny...
By on 12/19/08, Rating: -1
RE: Yea? So what's so funny...
By Reclaimer77 on 12/19/2008 12:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
You are the worst poster on Daily Tech. You know that right?

RE: Yea? So what's so funny...
By ThePooBurner on 12/19/2008 12:26:12 PM , Rating: 4
Yes he does. If you look at all of his comments, they are all designed to garner the lowest rating possible. This one i actually consider a very poor showing. He could have done better. I almost want to rate him up as punishment for sucking at sucking. Oh well, though.

RE: Yea? So what's so funny...
By on 12/19/08, Rating: -1
RE: Yea? So what's so funny...
By jleemc44 on 12/19/2008 3:59:38 PM , Rating: 1
I love how we care so little about Joost that we’re not even going to bother making any comments about the actual article. Joost has been a let down from day one. Poor content at even poorer quality.

RE: Yea? So what's so funny...
By Sandok on 12/21/2008 4:35:38 AM , Rating: 2
Not the worst on DailyTech... The worst and most useless in the world!!!

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