name = Joost
caption = A channel playing in Joost.
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latest preview version = 1.1.7
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website = [http://www.joost.com/ www.joost.com]
Joost (IPA-en|dʒuːst, like "juiced") is a system for distributing recorded TV shows and other forms of video over the Web using peer-to-peer TV technology, created by
Niklas Zennströmand Janus Friis(founders of Skypeand Kazaa).
Joost began development in
2006. Working under the code name "The Venice Project", Zennström and Friis assembled teams of some 150 software developers in about six cities around the world, including New York, London, Leidenand Toulouse. According to Zennström at a 25 July 2007 press conferenceabout Skypeheld in Tallinn, Estonia, Joost had signed up more than a million beta testers, and its launch was scheduled for the end of 2007. [ [http://www.apcmag.com/6774/1_million_joost_users_prepare_for_year_end_launch 1 million Joost users prepare for year-end launch | APC Magazine ] ]
The teams are currently in negotiations with FOX networks. It has signed up with
Warner Music, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions ( Indianapolis 500, IndyCar Series) and production company Endemolfor the beta.Orlowski, Andrew (January 17, 2007). [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/17/joost/ Joost - the new, new TV thing.] " The Register"] In February 2007, Viacomentered into a deal with the company to distribute content from its media properties, including MTV Networks, BETand film studio Paramount Pictures.
The program is based on
P2PTVtechnology and is expected to deliver (relaying) near-TV resolution images. It turns a PC into an instant on-demand TV without any need for additional set top box. News updates, discussion forums, show ratings, and multi-user chat sessions (often linked to the active stream/channel) are made possible through the use of semi-transparent widget overlays.
The current version of the software is based on
XULRunnerand the audio management re-uses the ZAP Media Kit. The peer to peer layer comes from the Joltidcompany, which also provided the peer to peer layer of Skype. The video playback utilizes the CoreCodec, CoreAVCH.264 video decoder.
Joost soft launched its Widget API on August 29th 2007 under a non-copyleft open source license and encourages third party developers to create tools for its TV 2.0 platform.
As co-owners of Skype, Friis and Zennström received part of a $2.6 billion cash payment when
eBayacquired Skype in 2005, which easily covered the development and marketing cost of their Joost venture.Just a week after launching the service, the founders announced that they had raised an additional $45 million. Sequoia Capital, which backed Yahoo, YouTube; Index Ventures, an early investorin Skype; Li Ka-shing, the Hong Kongtycoon; and CBS, the US media group, have all taken “small minority” stakes in the start-up. Viacomis also understood to be among the partners, although the nature of its backing has not been disclosed.
As opposed to streaming technology in which all clients get the feed from the server, P2P TV technology differs in the sense that the servers serve only a handful of clients; each of the clients in turn propagate the stream to more downstream clients and so on. This moves the distribution costs from the channel owner to the user.
The Joost service is ad-supported, with advertising
analogousto that shown on traditional TV, according to former CEO Fredrik de Wahl. [cite web| author = Greg Sandoval | title = Skype founders name new video start-up Joost | url=http://news.com.com/Skype+founders+name+new+video+start-up+Joost/2100-1026_3-6150225.html | publisher = CNET | accessdate = 2007-01-16] Joost has 40 advertisers, including Sony Pictures, BMW, and Sprite. [cite web| author = David Clark | title = David Clark, EVP and GM Joost | url=http://www.personallifemedia.com/podcasts/dishy-mix/episode022-david-clark-joost.html | publisher = PLM | accessdate = 2007-11-21] Aside from injected video-advertisements, it serves additional interactive advertisements via overlays and short pop-ups that are clickable. As this is visible related to the content shown, it is not a surprise that Joost sends regular data back to ad-servers via port 11208, a fact that is disclosed in legalese to users in the end-user license agreement.
As of September 2008, the Joost software is in an open beta stage. Joost requires
Windows XPor Vista; or Mac OS X(10.4 and later) on an Intel Mac. An invitation is no longer required.
There is no
Linux, or Mac OS X on PowerPC, support at this time. It was reported that Linux is not the priority for Joost. [ [http://www.joost.com/forums/p/2008/06/what-joost-says-about-linux/ Joost Forums Going Down (Joost) ] ]
Viacom, Inc., and Joost entered into a content provider agreement for the Joost platform on
February 20, 2007. Under the agreement, divisions of Viacom (including MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures) will license their "television and theatrical programing" to Joost. [http://www.joost.com/press/2007/02/viacom-to-be-key-content-partner-with-joost.html ] This came shortly after Viacom requested 100,000 potentially infringing videos to be removed from YouTube.com, which showed a preference by Viacom for the Joost platform over YouTube. [cite news
first = Chris
last = Tew
title = Viacom: "Good-bye YouTube, Hello Joost!"
url = http://www.webtvwire.com/viacom-good-bye-youtube-hello-joost/
work = webtvwire.com
Joost also currently has licensing agreements in place with Ministry of Sound TV,
Aardman Animation, Warner Music, the production company Endemol, Fremantle Media, RDF Media, Diversion Media, [ [http://mashable.com/2007/03/20/joost-diversion Exclusive: Joost Partners with Diversion Media ] ] CBScite web| author = Glauser, Stephen | title = Joost shows more promise with CBS deal | url = http://blog.tooreal.net/articles/joostgetscbs/ | publisher = Too Real | accessdate = 2007-04-13] and CenterStaging's rehearsals.com. [http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/070403/20070403006003.html?.v=1] On May 1, 2007, Joost signed a deal to distribute NHLcontent, including full game replays of the Stanley CupFinals, and vintage games. [ [http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=301892&page=NewsPage&service=page NHL.com - News ] ]
Much of the content on Joost is restricted to users in the United States of America, due to international licensing arrangements.
* [http://www.last100.com/2007/05/20/joost-opens-to-the-public-full-review/ Joost ‘opens’ to the public — full review (last100, May 20, 2007)]
* [http://www.bit-tech.net/bits/2007/05/01/turn_up_the_joost/1 Turn up the Joost (bit-tech.net, May 1, 2007)]
* [http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2006/tc20061005_609149.htm Skype Founders' Venice Project Revealed (Business Week, October 5, 2006)]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/06/business/media/06stream.html?ref=technology Nothing to Watch on TV? Streaming Video Appeals to Niche Audiences (NY Times, August 6, 2007)]
* [http://www.joost.com/ Joost website]
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