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Joost Boldly Goes Where Hulu Wouldn’t

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joostmediaplayerIndependent developer Paul Yanez, who seems to make a game of adding functionality to web video platforms whether they like it or not, has built an Adobe AIR app for Joost called the Joost Media Player.

This is delightfully ironic for a number of reasons.

  • Back when Joost was a peer-to-peer app, Yanez built a proof-of-concept of a web version of the video portal.
  • Later, Joost went all-web, dropping its error-prone software, and making it more competitive with the ease of web-based Hulu.
  • Yanez had built a similar AIR app for Hulu (since it’s web-only) called MyMediaPlayer2, which Hulu blocked six times, the latest time in March.
  • Where Hulu blocked Yanez, the Joost creative and engineering teams actually collaborated with him on the Joost Media Player. Yanez says Joost will also be promoting the player on its own site.

I gotta say, I just downloaded and started using the app, and it was far less painful than using the original Joost software ever was. But in a twist away from Joost’s recent social strategy, Joost Media Player doesn’t even include the user accounts and newsfeed-oriented social viewing system that Joost has emphasized on the web; rather, it solely gives users the option of tying into their Twitter feeds to report to friends what they’re watching. Yanez’s app also has remote-control viewing enabled, though I haven’t tried that yet.

9 Responses to “Joost Boldly Goes Where Hulu Wouldn’t”

  1. Matt_

    Marshall Joost only has one major US network in CBS but Joost has plenty of cable TV type shows and independent content and you can watch it worldwide also they are not afraid to work with independant developers to create Apps like Boxee and now the Joost Media player by Paul and they also want to get Joost on as many devices as possible and Joost is already available on DivX Connected Devices and the Neuros ,HULU on the other hand is currently US only and HULU only wants you to acess the service on a computer and through a web brower .

  2. Marshall Kirkpatrick

    Gotta try downloading that – for those of us not watching this space closely, is Joost content anywhere near as good as Hulu’s?

  3. Matt_

    I asked the folksat Joost to work with Paul to create this App .good to see the Joost team are still listening to its users and this is where they differ with HULU .

    I expect to see more innovation from Joost in the near future and availible on more platforms than HULU which now means TV for your PC …..