Joost on the iPhone / iPod Touch

Update:

OK, bad news, Apple corrected their statement about not breaking 3rd party applications on the iPhone/iPod. Apparently “software updates will most likely break” 3rd party app compatibility.

Original post:

No, don’t get excited, this is not an actual product! It is not even talked about by Joost staff. But it would certainly make sense.

Since the iPhone and the iPod Touch where announced I have been thinking about how Joost could use the potential of the new Apple OSX platform. With the recent news that Apple is blessing the development of native software for the platform it all became clear. It would make sense for Joost to find it’s way on it.

This could be done in two ways:

1. Wouldn’t it by cool to watch Joost on the portable device over WiFi? The iPhone/iPod Touch can certainly handle the video playback. After all, the platform already play native h.264 video with AAC audio… and Joost happen to also use the same codecs. So add the P2P content distribution chunk and the encryption bits and you have a little portable Joost application.

Joost could even build up an anthill cache on the device to allow you to watch buffered content while away from WiFi service!

With it you can watch Joost anywhere… OK, where you can get a WiFi connection:

  • On the train
  • on the bus
  • on your bed at home or in an hotel room
  • at the airport
  • etc.

2. Use the iPhone/iPod as a secondary display device. Essentially create a small application that run on the iPhone/iPod and interface over WiFi with Joost running on you PC, Mac or even STB (Set Top Box). Joost could easilly use the touch screen as a bi-directional communication/control device linking the user on the couch with Joost on the Big Screen.

Imagine using the touch screen as a super Joost remote. Use it to control the User Interface on the Living Room Big Screen. Use it as a virtual keyboard and mouse to do searches and control/move widgets around.

When Joost start playing on the Big Screen the touch interface could become a virtual remote control. Press the virtual pause button, Fast Forward, Rewind and control the action on the main screen.

Joost want to display some advertising back to you? Why not display it as a background on the iPhone/iPod interface? Maybe as motion advertisement that requires some user interaction! You could get creative here!

OK, so Joost just showed you and Advertisement Bug offering you to get more information about a product? Fine, hit the virtual AdBug button on the iPhone/iPod screen and fire up the portable Safari browser while Joost pause playback on the Big Screen. When you are done surfing the vendor web site close the browser, return to the Joost touch screen and resume playback.

Joost could also use the iPhone/iPod as a screen for Widgets. For example a program rating widget would fit perfectly on it. It would allow users to easilly rate the program they just viewed and share it with the Joost communite.

As you can imagine the possibilities are vast.

8 comments to Joost on the iPhone / iPod Touch

  • [...] might have read one of my previous post regarding remotely controlling Joost from you iPhone or iTouch. Guess what! Someone is already [...]

  • [...] The video streaming service that fell short of nearly everyone’s expectations may be back with a vengeance. You may remember their technical problems, lack of subject matter and not extremely accessible service. Now they have released an iPhone app that is pretty slick and offers quick access to their library of 46,000 plus videos. I have downloaded it myself and it only takes about two taps minimum to get to a popular show or episode. It is very quick and the video quality is high. You may occasionally see some stuttering but it did not happen suitable for me to be unhappy. What did dampen the smile on my face was the requirement for Wi-Fi. That’s right it won’t work by EDGE or 3G, you must be connected to Wi-Fi. There are some other failures in the interface as they break some design conventions Apple set forth and fail to implement common sense features like incremental find. Overall though the experience is simple, quick and whether you just want to watch substance quickly, nothing beats free. (Joost Team) [...]

  • [...] The video streaming service that fell short of nearly everyone’s expectations may be back with a vengeance. You may remember their technical problems, lack of composition and not extremely accessible service. Now they have released an iPhone app that is pretty slick and offers quick access to their library of 46,000 plus videos. I have downloaded it myself and it only takes about two taps minimum to get to a popular show or episode. It is very quick and the video quality is high. You may occasionally see some stuttering but it did not happen sufficient for me to be unhappy. What did dampen the smile on my face was the requirement for Wi-Fi. That’s right it won’t work by EDGE or 3G, you must be connected to Wi-Fi. There are some other failures in the interface as they break some design conventions Apple set forth and fail to implement common sense features like incremental find. Overall though the experience is simple, quick and whether you just want to watch composition quickly, nothing beats free. (Joost Team) [...]

  • [...] about time! I have been waiting for this moment to happen for over a year. Back in september 2007 I was already proposing that Joost create an application for the iPhone and iPod [...]

  • [...] The video streaming service that fell short of nearly everyone’s expectations may be back with a vengeance. You may remember their technical problems, lack of subject matter and not extremely accessible service. Now they have released an iPhone app that is pretty slick and offers quick access to their library of 46,000 plus videos. I have downloaded it myself and it only takes about two taps minimum to get to a popular show or episode. It is very quick and the video quality is high. You may occasionally see some stuttering but it did not happen abundant for me to be unhappy. What did dampen the smile on my face was the requirement for Wi-Fi. That’s right it won’t work by EDGE or 3G, you must be connected to Wi-Fi. There are some other failures in the interface as they break some design conventions Apple set forth and fail to implement common sense features like incremental find. Overall though the experience is simple, quick and whether you just want to watch subject matter quickly, nothing beats free. (Joost Team) [...]

  • [...] The video streaming service that fell short of nearly everyone’s expectations may be back with a vengeance. You may remember their technical problems, lack of subject matter and not extremely accessible service. Now they have released an iPhone app that is pretty slick and offers quick access to their library of 46,000 plus videos. I have downloaded it myself and it only takes about two taps minimum to get to a popular show or episode. It is very quick and the video quality is high. You may occasionally see some stuttering but it did not happen abundant for me to be unhappy. What did dampen the smile on my face was the requirement for Wi-Fi. That’s right it won’t work by EDGE or 3G, you must be connected to Wi-Fi. There are some other failures in the interface as they break some design conventions Apple set forth and fail to implement common sense features like incremental find. Overall though the experience is simple, quick and whether you just want to watch subject matter quickly, nothing beats free. (Joost Team) [...]

  • [...] The video streaming service that fell short of nearly everyone’s expectations may be back with a vengeance. You may remember their technical problems, lack of subject matter and not extremely accessible service. Now they have released an iPhone app that is pretty slick and offers quick access to their library of 46,000 plus videos. I have downloaded it myself and it only takes about two taps minimum to get to a popular show or episode. It is very quick and the video quality is high. You may occasionally see some stuttering but it did not happen adequate for me to be unhappy. What did dampen the smile on my face was the requirement for Wi-Fi. That’s right it won’t work by EDGE or 3G, you must be connected to Wi-Fi. There are some other failures in the interface as they break some design conventions Apple set forth and fail to implement common sense features like incremental find. Overall though the experience is simple, quick and whether you just want to watch substance quickly, nothing beats free. (Joost Team) [...]

  • [...] recently posted about a well knows app called Joost. Joost allows you to watch videos online using your iPhone or iPod Touch. As I wrote in that post, [...]

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