The duo who brought us KaZaa and Skype now came up with new peer-to-peer video distribution service called Joost . Joost is a new venture of Niklas ZennstrÃ¶m and Janus Friis as they plans to bring television to the internet, allowing one to have full control of what and when a show is to be watched.
Working under the code name “The Venice Project,” Zennstrom and Friis have assembled teams of top software developers in about a half-dozen cities around the world, including New York, London, Leiden and Toulouse. Now, they have officially rebranded “The venice Project” to Joost making its way to the web on http://www.joost.com .
What is Joost™ anyway ?
Joost™ is a new way of watching TV on the internet, which uses new and established technologies to provide the best of both the internet and TV worlds. We’re in the process of making it as TV-like as we can, with programmes, channels and adverts. You can also see some things that we think will enhance the TV experience: searching for programmes and channels, for example, as well as social features like chat. There are many more new features to come!
How does the channel works ?
Currently, channels are like playlists of videos. You can flip between channels, or use the programme guide to choose a channel or a video to watch. The channels start when you play them and not at any particular day or time. If you let them continue they will loop round to the beginning again. If you change channel and then switch back again, you’ll start at the beginning of the programme again. In later versions we will have different kinds of channels, including ones that behave more like ordinary TV channels. Occasionally, you may see an advert.