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Om broke the news today that Joost is abandoning its full-on client for a browser plug-in, falling in line with the way of the web (aka Hulu). We’ve had a chance to poke around the password-protected site, and here’s some of what we saw. The plug-in […]

Om broke the news today that Joost is abandoning its full-on client for a browser plug-in, falling in line with the way of the web (aka Hulu). We’ve had a chance to poke around the password-protected site, and here’s some of what we saw.

The plug-in is a 18.6 MB download, and it installed fine on my Mac. The site seems especially driven by a social experience. One of my problems with Joost all along has been its lack of an organized, chronologically ordered, hierarchical program guide, and that’s still the case. But now content discovery is more socially oriented, with the home page including a Facebook/FriendFeed-like activity feed of what everyone is watching on the service at the time (users can opt out of being included in this if they wish). Users can friend each other and join groups, though there’s no internal messaging system. There are, though, a lot of RSS feeds — for anything and everyone.

The video-watching interface is pretty slick, with a 16×9 default player. Video looks good and starts extremely quickly, but the quality isn’t above and beyond the rest of the web.

And, of course, the other difference between Hulu and Joost is that Hulu still has more premium content.

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  1. It’s hard for companies to give up the power of the application download but people don’t want to download, they just want to watch.

  2. Did they say why you need a download? CBS content is all embeddable and so is most other content.

  3. Joost To Kill Desktop Client – GigaOM Friday, September 5, 2008

    [...] After downloading simply sign up for a free [...] September 5th, 2008 1:12 PM PT The New Joost: Like Hulu, But Social « NewTeeVee said: [...] New Joost: Like Hulu, But Social Om broke the news today that Joost is abandoning [...]

  4. @Frank

    A lot of it is to do with the quality of the issue. I saw some of it and it is pretty awesome evenon bigger screens like the 24-inch iMAC

  5. Joost lanceert zeer binnenkort browserversie en stopt met softwareversie at Zoomz Friday, September 5, 2008

    [...] 2: De collega’s van NewTeeVee hebben de kans gekregen om met de nieuwe versie van Joost te spelen. Het gaat om een plugin van 18.6 MB (!!) die zich gemakkelijk laat installeren. Er is zoals in de [...]

  6. @Frank
    Remember Joost is P2P, and for that a download component is required, that can take the form of a full-on application installation, or it can be delivered as a browser plug-in. It looks like they’re simply opt-ing for the lighter-weight browser plug-in concept.

    In reality, a plug-in can have as many install and upgrade challenges as a standalone application. We’ll see how it works out in this case.

  7. It’s a step in the right direction for Joost to move to a browser based model. Lycos Cinema is another browser-based site for watching movies, television, and other professional video content, and has developed unique interactive elements including technology that lets users watch programs online with friends at the same time, from multiple computers, and chat online while doing so – creating a truly social experience for online video.

  8. P2P IPTV Service Joost to Reinvent itself with Browser based distribution platform says a new report » Metue Friday, September 5, 2008

    [...] Om Malik’s report says an official announcement is due soon. (Giga Om also received advance access and published a review of the new version on its sister site Newteevee). [...]

  9. Can someone explain how the Joost P2P works? Their service uses each user’s computer as a client and server for content?

  10. Joost: presto in versione web – Video Monte Ceneri Saturday, September 6, 2008

    [...] [fonte] [fonte] [fonte] The Joost: presto in versione web by Luca Palli, unless otherwise expressly stated, is [...]

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