22 thoughts on “Joost for Mac beta is out now”

  1. I really believe JOOST could change the future of TV and the Web. It brings together great quality video with all the interactivity and community of the web, seamlessly, and designed with the user in mind. A lot of people have tried this, Joost has done it. They need to get great content on the system, but its a great platform.

  2. Its funny, I have exactly the opposite reaction to Hashem. I dont get why anyone would be excited about this.

    It has a nice full screen interface, but in my mind the interface is much more appropriate for a TV than a PC. Its a “lean back” interface. So I am left with the question of “what is the user model for this software?”

    Its not for little clips – the YouTube UI is much better for that, and I really dont want to watch seinfeld with this thing. I guess with a media PC connected to a TV this would be a great interface, but that is very much not a here and now thing – at least in large numbers.

    As a PC product its not at all viral because there is no way to mail links or to put widgets on websites like youtube. It doesnt speak the language of the web. In my mind, YouTube can be competitive with this at any time by just playing at a higher quality, which will come. And doing this type of UI in flash as an overlay on youtube is really trivial.

    I think this is a much harder thing to do than skype – which was viral, and kazaa, which was free music. Now that said, the good news for these guys is since its p2p they can afford to go a long time with limited success since there is essentially no bandwidth cost and they have lots of cash. But honestly, I think Brightcove is much more significant in this market and is solving much harder problems.

  3. I agree with Hank Williams, although I prefer Hank Williams Jr.

    What is all of the hype about Joost? The content is stale and boring, the interface while clean, is not meant for Internet, but is a throwback to the days of plain jane TV. I thought you folks were into NewTeeVee, not RetroTeeVee.

    For my dollar, I would rather bet on Veoh or Democracy. I think that Veoh has got it right : web directory where you can view Flash video, and a remote controllable player that you can connect to the TV. And, it’s not the boring content that is on Joost. Joost is a closed system, so it will always be worse than any open system.

    I am the baddest musician on the planet, even when I’m dead. BTW, all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve been using joost since the beta first came out. I use it every day at home and at work. The mac version works every bit as good as the pc version (even a little better). Yes the content is a bit light but what do you expect – episodes of “Lost”? But my little girls got introduced to Mr. Magoo – that’s friggin priceless! There are widgets and the interactivity possibilities are promising. From what I’ve seen though I think that Paul Neave (neave.tv) is what I’d like to use as a publisher and consumer. If any of you know Paul and can get me his ear – let me know please πŸ™‚ Peace.

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