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The knock I keep hearing on Joost is that the content is, ahem, “lacking” (to employ a euphemism). None of my friends have been clamoring for the Europop stylings of “MTV Benelux,” reruns of ESPN2 steroid-enhanced staple “Worlds Strongest Man,” or probably the most egregious crime […]

The knock I keep hearing on Joost is that the content is, ahem, “lacking” (to employ a euphemism). None of my friends have been clamoring for the Europop stylings of “MTV Benelux,” reruns of ESPN2 steroid-enhanced staple “Worlds Strongest Man,” or probably the most egregious crime against humanity a video network could ever perpetrate — helping to distribute, in any way shape or form, “The Diddy Channel.” (At least in that last regard YouTube is just as guilty.)

But there’s definitely some stuff that will be worth watching, especially now that Viacom’s beef with YouTube means that they’re throwing their lot in with Joost, CBS included Joost as part of their new non-exclusive distribution strategy, and Joost continues to pick up smaller scale indie content providers.

Here’s my top ten of what I’m looking forward to tuning in for:

10. BET: If only to down-rank Diddy videos. Viacom property VH1 will (eventually be) available, along with videos from major labels like Warner Music.

9. Logo: Assuming it will include popular classics like Queer as Folk and The Complete Tales of the City, not to mention groundbreaking miniseries Angels in America, this could actually be one of the best options available.

8. Showtime Boxing and The Fight Network: HBO always gets the premier cards, but for true fight fans, Showtime’s undercards and The Fight Network’s UFC coverage should be a hit.

7. National Geographic: Television wouldn’t be television if you couldn’t space out on the couch Saturday afternoons while watching virile predators stalk their prey.

6. CSI: They solve crimes, with science! The early seasons of the original series are still the best, but all three flavors will be available 24-7.

5. Nickelodeon: Joost — it’s cheaper than a babysitter! My hope is that this means there will also be Nick at Night programming for Car 54 on-demand.

4. CBS Sports: NFL football, NCAA sports, golf, tennis — not necessarily live, but still a great accompaniment to chips and dip.

3. IndieFlix Premier: With Oscar-nominated pieces like “Fields of Mudan,” IndieFlix presents some of the better independent short films from the festival circuit.

2. Comedy Central: When I still had cable, this was generally my starting point on a channel surf. Hopefully there’s a way to filter out Carlos Mencia.

1. Ren and Stimpy: If there’s one reason to install Joost, this is it.

All this talk, but no Joost for you? Liz has five invites for the first people who comment with links to new web video worth watching.

  1. The funniest thing on the web right now is from Atlanta Public Television: Alexyss Tylor’s Vagina Power. (audio NSFW)
    http://www.devilducky.com/media/60668/

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  2. Andy Rhinehart Thursday, April 19, 2007
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  3. Agreed. Watched the whole thing multiple times. Hilare!

    It would be especially nice if Joost allowed me to pull in content like that to my own channel, at least privately or to share with my friend network or something. Would rather watch that than Diddy any day!

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  4. Please… please… Oh sweet screaming mother of mercy, remove BET. There has to be a better number ten that you can choose.

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  5. New web video? Humm,

    Does this count?
    God Inc (http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=francisstokesdotcom)
    or
    somethingtobedesired.com

    or a blog that features the best videos:
    No Fat Clips!!! (http://dekku.blogspot.com/)
    But to be honest, I;m still waiting for something real BIG to come out.

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  6. What can I say. I’m no true fan. I once had to edit out the blue language and simulated violence from a 36 Mafia video before BET would accept it. But I’d still rather watch BET than VH1, if only, as I mentioned, to down-rank Diddy.

    What I really wish is that there was an option to select “The Box,” but nobody who didn’t live in New York City in the mid 90′s would get that.

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  7. You can re-create The Box on YouTube pretty easily — just search for every and all Bone Thugs-N-Harmony videos

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  8. Damn. That actually hurts. I’m sorry for ever mentioning Diddy, BET or The Box. I promise to watch nothing but “Best Week Ever” for the rest of my life.

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  9. I too am in search of a joost beta invite. Thanks in advance if you can hook me up. My recommendation for web video… http://throwawayyourtv.videosift.com/

    cyenobite [at] gmail [dot] com

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  10. We don’t need no steenkin’ Joost invites.

    In fact, I don’t think that I’ve looked at the thing since I installed it.

    But I will put in a plug for the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater. Two socks who do Shakespear, country & western, Reservoir Dogs and whatnot.

    I am in no way connected with this, I swear.

    http://www.youtube.com/sitcomtrials

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