Joost Now on Your PS3 (Minus Big Content Partners)

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Joost Labs launched a version of its web TV service for the PlayStation 3 today, making it accessible on your television set via the game console. Well, making some of Joost’s content accessible on your PS3 — just not anything from Viacom (s VIA), Warner Bros. (s TWX) or CBS (s CBS).
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To launch Joost, PS3 owners select the Network icon on the PlayStation, open the Internet browser, press start and enter http://labs.joost.com/tv/ in the address field. The navigation has been optimized for the PS3 game controller.

The Joost news comes just a day after research from In-Stat predicted that game consoles would remain the dominant delivery mechanism for web video on television sets through 2013. The migration of newteevee to oldteevee is one we’ve been keeping tabs on here, and it looks like Joost has run into the same hurdle Boxee and Hulu.

Studios and networks are all for putting their content online, but they don’t want it to be an end-run around traditional TV operators, giving people a reason to cut their cable cords. This attitude resulted in the official removal of Hulu from Boxee, and when Hulu recently released its desktop app, it expressly forbid running it on anything other than a PC.

We don’t have a PS3, so if any NewTeeVee readers out there do, fire up Joost and tell us how well it works.

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Dave1

I love it! Hulu never worked well anyway, but this is truly optimized for the ps3. More content would be welcome, but this is a nice start. Navigation is great, and there was clearly some thought put into this, unlike hulu, which just happened to work a little bit.

I have already cut my cable cord, as I just hook up my macbook to my tv. I hope the ps3 comes out with more stuff like this… I am done with cable and their 24/7 pharmaceutical advertising campaigns

nobody

I tried it last night. Yeah there’s some lag. At first I thought the shows available were of no interest to me, then I started roaming around searching for stuff using search. There’s some interesting things on there. There are full movies like Night of the Living Dead and a Frankenstein meets…something movie. Yeah, it’s a really bad movie. I believe the channel it was on was called something like…Really Bad Movie Channel. The picture quality isn’t good but it’s watchable. They have documentaries on there. Actually they have a lot of stuff you wouldn’t normally find on tv. I seen a 8 or 9 minute piece on something called Phone Sex Grandma which was both funny and disturbing. Seen an interesting show called The Burning Man. There are shows about UFO’s, ghosts, and more obscure things. I find this Joost tv thing a welcome add on which happens to be free. I found myself spending a lot of time searching for stuff and found interesting shows.

Shadowboricua

Forgot to mention… really nicely implemented on the PS3

Shadowboricua

Just tried…. works great and the videos are smooth at full screen. Can’t find anything I really care about though… Too bad that there is not more like this with real networks on board.

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Jon

looks good, but the videos dont load for me. so idk about the quality yet

Rad

Doesnt work?

Sits indefinitely on Loading screen.

Poor reporting.

Marc Hustvedt

Interesting – another reason to bust out my PS3 tonight. Not surprised that Viacom, WB or CBS not on board for this move. Wonder about their web series though.

Dan Rayburn

Hey Chris, the nav is not bad, easy to navigate on the PS3, but the quality of the stream is not great. To me personally, does not look anything close to what Netflix looks like on the Xbox.

With Xbox LIVE being down for another four hours for maintenance, good chance to check out what’s taking place on the PS3.

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