by Erica Sadun

Joost, with its limited beta and coveted invites, has become the next hot thing but unless you're in on the beta program, there's not too much information out there about what Joost is. So I thought I'd jump in here with a quick summary.

Joost is from the Skype people. The same people who founded Skype are behind the Joost effort.

Joost offers free streaming ad-supported video. Joost provides fast and efficient video streaming at surprisingly high quality given the actual bandwidth they use.

Joost plays back better than NBC Replay, CBS Innertube, etc. The video is smooth and watchable, far superior to what you find at the network sites.

You can't skip the commercials. Joost isn't TiVo.

Joost has premium content. Although the current content on offer is very similar to what you'd find for free on on AOL TV, Joost has obviously penned deals with Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and BET, because some of their shows are already available for viewing. These are not the greatest shows, or even the most current shows, but they do provide a proof of concept that robust and watchable ad-supported TV-on-demand can be delivered effectively.

I love Rocky & Bullwinkle. And there are lots of episodes to watch. Plus Mr. Magoo. And, despite the Garnier and Eclipse gum commercials, my kids are learning to love them too.

It's still beta. So sometimes there are program interruptions, and sometimes parts of some menus don't display, but all-in-all it's watchable and fun.

Intel Mac only. Joost does not support PPC. But it does run on Apple TV.


Randy Smith
2007-04-06 14:42:52
Rocky & Bullwinkle! Where do I get one of these coveted invitations?
Tom Boucher
2007-04-06 14:58:19
Wow, on my Mac Pro the playback quality is for the birds. I've got a 3Mb/s down 384Kb/s up DSL line.

It stutters like crazy, doesn't make it more than a second or two before it goes nuts.

Erica Sadun
2007-04-06 15:01:03
Tom: You have a *much* better DSL connection than I do--but my playback doesn't stutter, even over my 802.11g. Have you tried writing to the Joostdudes to see what's going wrong?
2007-04-06 16:06:22
If you have some invite I would love to receive one. Nice review aniway, thanks
Randy Smith
2007-04-06 20:23:36
Ditto! I am looking for one as well. I gots to catch my Bullwinkle!
2007-04-06 22:21:04
Joost is great product! is the future P2PTV .
Can't wait to watch !

Pros: not have spyware like tvants .

Please sendme one

Thanks !

2007-04-06 22:21:41
sorry my email is

thanks again!

2007-04-07 00:30:57
just got my invite and downloaded a couple of days ago...i find it hard to watch as well, as it buffers a lot and stops in the middle of programs often...maybe i should check my bandwidth and up/down speeds.

have to poke around the app a bit more but so far the interface is spiffy...

Vicky M
2007-04-07 04:12:46
I too would like an invite if anyone has one available. vicky123 at ptd dot net. Thanks!
Randal L. Schwartz
2007-04-07 07:20:46
I was having trouble (Joost was crashing immediately on launch, or shortly after), and found I needed to delete my prefs and start over. But, now, it works! Yeay. Interface is clunky, non-intuitive, and doesn't refresh right (if you start getting ahead of it on scrolling up and down, it "loop scrolls" the old item - oops!). But, it has promise.
2007-04-08 08:01:55
If anyone would be so kind and invite me:

Would like to beta-test here in Switzerland 8)


2007-04-08 08:12:20
shift, did it say "Website"? Darn, how bad is my reading today? Need more carrots apparently ... :-/
2007-04-09 20:39:54
Did they say it actually runs on Apple TV??? Hmmm.. interesting. Is that part of the beta test right now? I would love an invite. I have been on the waiting list for a looong time... still waiting. Would like to test it the Caribbean... and on the Apple TV.
Any invites left? thx
David Thomas
2007-04-13 12:12:52
I too covet an invite. Can someone help a poor, homeless war vet get joost?
2007-04-13 13:45:18
Yeah Skype is are and will forever be great , sure love to see this new Joost, might even be as big a hit as Skype. If someone got a spar invite I sure love to get my hands on it;-)


Mike McG
2007-04-14 04:58:31
I disagree with the author. The video quality is far below TV quality, especially with high action videos. And ABC's full screen full episode player is a complete order of magnitude better in terms of clarity and smoothness. However, I presume those problems are consequences of the current small size of the beta P2P cluster.
2007-04-14 15:43:03
invite please !!!
2007-04-15 07:59:40
I think the quality is not as good as watching shows on or, for example. I also didn't like all the unlabeled icons everywhere. I also wonder why anyone will want to use the social/chat features?
2007-04-16 21:13:22
can anyone send me an invite? my email's, i would appreciate it! shanks!
Anders Kullstroem
2007-04-17 23:43:17
Would love an invite so I can watch tv from back home again =)

2007-04-18 20:27:52
If anyone has an invite, I'd love to try this!



Andrew Oswalt
2007-04-19 10:46:57
Would love an invite if anyone can spare it!


2007-04-19 19:33:12
Hi, I'd love an invite. -Thanks. :)
2007-04-21 03:30:32
Heard about Joost a couple of weeks back. Would love to test it out from Malaysia. Anyone with spare invite? Email me if possible at
2007-04-25 12:49:04
Please invite me also, i will love to test the Joost Beta
Please Please
2007-04-25 14:33:37
I would like an invite if you can spare any. thanks!
2007-04-26 05:37:02
Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Can somone send me an invite
2007-04-27 18:38:53
Hi all,
love to have an invite. In Middle East now and not easy to access satellites... all encrypted!
Thanks in advance.
2007-05-02 06:52:43
Sounds like a hoot! Anyone got a poor lonesome invite needing a home?
I'll put it to good use! Thanks.
Gerardo Camorlinga
2007-05-06 15:04:29
Nice article, can't wait to try it out. Could you send me an invite at
2007-05-07 10:09:19
Big Reader of you articles and looking for a joost invite, any help appreciated, e-mail at kmcampbe at
2007-05-07 12:32:16
I have Joost invites; if you want one... Check out my LJ post.

Add a comment that has your name and email address; I'm screening the comments so no-one besides me will see 'em.

If I get slammed with requests, I'll work in batches until I just can't stand it anymore ; )

Randolph Geslani
2007-05-08 18:16:43
How do I get invited to download JOOST?

Steve Vasuta
2007-05-11 10:31:01
please send an invite to JOOST