Joost acquires

September 3, 2021, the best companion web site of Joost got acquired by none other than Joost.

Hal Schechner, the master mind behind OnTheToob, just got hired by Joost and his personal site project was acquired at the same time.

Hal will be starting to work for Joost tomorrow on September 4th 2007.

I was hoping to ask Hal a few questions regarding his past, present and future involvement with Joost but it is hard to get a hold of Hal (he is a busy man).

A bit of history:

So until some of those questions can be answered directly I will give you some details I was able to get from Hal during some of our chat sessions.

Hal as been involved with Joost since last April. He wanted to find out more information about new programs and channels added/removed by Joost. Unfortunately the information was not easily available.

So one night Hal and I where chatting in the Joost IRC channel ( #joost-dev) and within minutes he had turned a URL based search query into a full fledged Web front-end and flat files back-end.

A few days later Hal was working with a prototype database back-end and RSS feed generator that was able to give you by the hour changes within Joost programs list. At that point some Joost employee where starting to notice Hal work. They where in fact using his RSS feed to keep track of what was added to Joost own program database.

OnTheToob was the next step in Hal’s mind to provide the information in a useful way to other Joost users.

The rapid development of OnTheToob was made possible due to Hal deep knowledge of Python. With Python Hal has been able to turn ideas into concrete Web results within minutes.

The future of OnTheToob:

At this point in time it is not clear what will become of There are a few possibilities.

1. OnTheToob could be maintained as a separate site beside Joost and be maintained as is.

2. The most plausible possibility is that OnTheToob will be rolled-up as new features in an enhanced version of Joost web site. This should mean a better user interface and faster information availability since Hal will have direct access to Joost content database.

Hal involvement at Joost:

So what will Hal do at Joost you ask? I am not to clear on that. Apparently it will have something to do with application development (that was an easy one)! Hal will most likely be involved with user community development around Joost API. After all, Hal was the first successful user community Joost developer.

Hal will also be able to work from home with occasional trips overseas, and trips to NY.

Hal can be contacted at:

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11 Responses to “Joost acquires”

  1. Joost Acquires OnTheToob « NewTeeVee on September 3rd, 2007 11:40 am

    [...] out of Joost’s some 238 channels and 10,298 programs — has been acquired by Joost, according to the blog JoostTeam (which is not affiliated with Joost, the [...]

  2. mashby on September 3rd, 2007 4:27 pm

    Way to go Hal and way to go Joost! You just hired your brightest programmer. :-)

  3. fiat lux on September 3rd, 2007 4:48 pm

    Congratulations Hal!

  4. Joost OnTheTube'u aldı, Schechner'a iş verdi | 6 Patlar Teknoloji on September 3rd, 2007 7:35 pm

    [...] Joost web uygulaması olsa nasıl olurdu başlıklı yazımızda, Hal Schechner’dan ve tek başına programladığı OnTheTube ‘dan bahsetmiştik. JoostTeam blog‘a göre OnTheTube Joost tarafından satın alınmış. Schechner ise Joost’da işe alınmış. Bunlardan da hoşlanabilirsiniz; Joost yeni sürümünü çıkardı [...]

  5. Joost acquisition; opens API to developers « The Beyondness of Things on September 4th, 2007 2:07 am

    [...] Joost acquisition; opens API to developers 4 09 2007 Joost has hired developer Hal Schechner and snapped up the assets of his fledgling site OnTheToob, which allows users to customise channels, reports  [...]

  6. >>>Petrescu blog<<< » Blog Archive » OnTheToob acquistato da Joost on September 4th, 2007 7:06 am

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  7. Mike Rohde on September 4th, 2007 12:02 pm

    Congrats Hal! Good to see your hard work pay off big time! I had a great time helping with the logo design, so it’s very cool to see it going to Joost. :-)

  8. admin on September 4th, 2007 12:10 pm

    Hey Mike, did not know you where behind the logo. For people interested, Mike is at

    You are doing great work Mike!

  9. OnTheToob | Joost Snaps Up Independent Development Talent » Web TV Wire on September 4th, 2007 2:46 pm

    [...] the undeniable bouquet of a great idea Joost has, according to the JoostTeam blog (which is not directly affiliated with the company), snapped up Schechner and plonked him down [...]

  10.   Joost vai às compras by Zumo Blog on September 4th, 2007 4:29 pm

    [...] o site/serviço feito por um homem só (Hal Schechner) foi vendido ontem para o Joost, e o Hal já está trabalhando na casa [...]

  11. Mike Rohde on September 4th, 2007 10:56 pm

    Thanks for the added mention and your kind words! I’m always happy to do a new logo, and OnTheToob was certainly one of them. I think Hal was pretty pleased. :-)

    Hal is a great guy, be sure to take good care of him at Joost! :-)

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