I’ve been giving the beta of Joost a trial over the past few days. Just in case you missed it, Joost is the newest application from the folks who gave us Skype. It’s an online television service based around Peer2Peer technology (and why not…?) which is being hyped as the next huge thing in online entertainment.
First impressions? Um…it’s OK. The video quality is all right – think somewhat better than average YouTube in a larger image size – and the content is as you’d expect from a beta service, i.e. pretty thin. Overall it’s a promising start, although I am still struggling to find a reason why people will flock to this service and put up with advertising mid-movie etc, when they can just as well watch ordinary satellite or cable via a Slingbox and get the same or better kind of experience, and with mainstream programming. Ah well, I wish them all the best.