Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Yet another deal for Joost: Raindance

Here is the news clipping:

Joost, the recently launched internet television service, has signed a deal with independent film channel was launched at the UK independent film festival Raindance. The channel has created alliances with distribution partners and will broadcast films, shorts and documentaries on Joost.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Someone left a comment about on one of my earlier posts about Joost and the future of online video. At first I thought that it was comment spam, but actually it is on topic.

I checked out and it has some promise. Yes, the site is FAR too slow. The team at ViewMy needs to make some bigtime improvements to make the site go faster. But I like the idea behind the site.

Here is what the about us page says:
" Our target is to access a global audience to achieve increased channel, product and brand exposure. We are focused on collaboration and work to empower clients, agencies, publishers and advertisers to work together to achieve continuous product innovation."

Sound familiar? Yup. There are a number of companies talking a big game about the next big thing in Internet TV. Here is what I like about viewmy's early approach:
1. You can find videos from multiple sources. Much better than YouTube if what you're looking for is the last political speech by Barack Obama and that's hosted by CNN instead of Obama Girl
2. Producers at small local channels can submit video directly. There is lots of content out there, this just might become a way to distribute it.
3. The provide RSS feeds, which is cool.

Here is what I don't like:
1. The site is slow slow slow
2. Searching on the site seems broken. I searched for "Barack Obama" and I found nothing at all. Kind of disappointing.
3. The featured channels have no descriptions and tiny pictures.

Overall I kind of like ViewMy.TV so let's hope that they're able to speed things up and improve some of the features.

Joost, in the press, but not in the mainstream

The team at Joost is a press machine, they continue to get a ton of magazine and newspaper coverage. Just like Skype was the next telephone, Joost in the next television. It is an easy message to convey.

But it isn't an easy message to deliver on. Joost has signed lots of deals with big video brands, but at the end of the day it isn't nearly as popular as YouTube. How many people do you know who use Joost everyday? I can't easily post and share video clips on my blog. I can't easily send videos around. It just isn't the experience with online video that we've come to expect.

That doesn't mean that it can't become those things. And it definitely doesn't mean that our expectations won't change. Sure, Joost could become the next big thing. But at least for now, it gets a lot more press than it probably deserves.

So someone over there at Joost should give the marketing team a big raise!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

New email message from Joost

Here is the latest email message from Joost:

We hope you're enjoying your Joost experience.

We'd like to share some good news and celebrate the launch of the new Joost beta - Now For Friends. This means you can now invite as many friends as you want to try out Joost.

To access your invites, log onto Joost, go to My Joost and fill in your friends' details in the Invite Friends widget box.

If you're running out of friends, you can make new ones by letting people know you've got invites. To help with this, we've made a few goodies especially for you, which you can find at

Last but not least, we invite you to enjoy the variety of new shows we're introducing each week.
This week will bring you a host of over 40 new channels in the US including Adult Swim, five new channels from National Geographic, new channels like Spike TV from Viacom, great comedy from Heavy, and classic series from Hasbro such as The Transformers.
And that's just the beginning.

Each week we'll launch new channels - making sure you can watch what you want, when you want. So stay tuned...

If you've got any questions, feel free to check out our forum, and don't forget to send us feedback on what you like and things we could improve.

Enjoy, and see you on Joost!

The Joost Team

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Joost, still not really live

Enough already, come on guys, get Joost live FOR REAL.

Joost announced this week a soft launch, invite only. It sorta works, sorta doesn't.

I think the team at Joost needs to work overtime and get this service live for real, live to anyone who wants to check it out, live = working well without bugs

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the idea behind Joost and I'm hoping for the best, but this forever-Beta thing is getting old and tired.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Best IPTV Blogs, according to DailyIPTV

DailyIPTV just posted a list of the 10 best IPTV blogs. Well, my Just Joost Blog didn't make the list, but I still found the list interesting.

Here are their top 10 picks =

IPTV Watch – This site, covering both U.S. and international topics, provides a balance of both light and heavy subjects. Recent examples include the entertainment industry’s concerns over piracy, and reality TV making its way to IPTV.

NewTeeVee – This blog is sister to the tech blog GigaOM and offers quality commentary on the online TV and IPTV industries. Recent topics include five technologies changing video and how to create your own TV channel.

FierceIPTV – This highly popular blog and news site is one of the best known in the industry for its high quality coverage. Recent topics include commentary from Comcast’s CEO about dealing with IPTV competition, and the possible expansion of Apple TV.

Informitv – This blog, based in Europe, covers both U.S. and international topics. Recent entries include CBS’ creation of its Interactive Audience Network, which will distribute content online through partners such as AOL, Joost, and Brightcove, and Google Video coming to Europe’s Sky online and terrestrial TV network. – If it’s AT&T’s U-Verse you’re interested in, this is the blog for you. Alan Weinkrantz blogs his first-person experiences trialing U-Verse in San Antonio, but also covers a wide variety of other online TV and IPTV topics. Recent examples include ten Joost channels worth watching and where to learn more about fiber to the home. For more targeted results click on the topic tags on the left.

Broadband TV News – This blog provides excellent coverage of the international IPTV scene. Recent topics include the setup of a test center in France to simulate and troubleshoot potential real-world IPTV rollouts, and a BBC trial to explore how content could be delivered to hybrid platforms that combine both broadcast and Internet connectivity.

TMCnet – This site offers in-depth commentary on the IPTV industry. Recent topics include what’s wrong with the TV viewing experience today and how to create a friendly user interface for high quality IPTV viewing.

IPTV Evangelist – In addition to providing quality industry commentary, this site includes interviews with many of today’s top new media and IPTV pioneers such as Revision3 CEO Jay Adelson and Todd Boes, vice president of product management at Maven Networks. Other topics such as the expansion of Akimbo’s VOD service are covered.

IPTV News – This site links to both U.S. and international stories around the web and offers the ability to comment on stories. Recent examples include a new Amino HD PVR-capable IPTV platform and how IPTV providers can target ads to viewers based on their behavior.

The Register – This U.K. publication’s “no nonsense” IPTV coverage is hard-hitting and sometimes asks the tough questions. Recent examples include “Why the world has lost interest in IPTV services” and the potential wave of Apple TV imitators.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Joost was to blame, not Comcast

A bunch of Comcast users were complaining about video problems on the Joost beta over the weekend. The story was a big digger on Some Digg readers suggested that Comcast may have been interfering with the Joost Beta (Comcast may consider Joost a competitive threat).

However, Joost has investigated the problem and taken full blame. The problem stemmed from bugs on the Joost side.

"Comcast is not blocking access to Joost in any way, and our customers should have no problem accessing the beta application on its site," said Jennifer Khoury earlier in the week. She is a Comcast spokeswoman - and she was right.