Adobe Media Player: Joost done right

April 10, 2021

OK, I am sure I will ear about this one but I will write it any way.

Today I decided to install Adobe Media Player on my Mac.  The install was rather painless.  It required the installation of Adobe Air before the actual Media Player installation.

Once everything is installed and you agree to the terms of reference you are granted with a nicelly done Media Player Client.  The client is visually appeling to the eye and use a similar color scheme as Joost.  The actual layout of the media player is rather similar too… but there is only so many way to crack an egg.

My 1st surprise was to find some CBS content that will actually play in Canada.  Exactly!  Finally some US content that will play up north.  I was able to start a full episode of CSI NewYork. I can watch big US productions on Adobe Media Player that won’t play in Joost… So I won’t need to use BT anymore to watch those!  This is great news!

The video quality of the episodes is actually amazing.  Much better than Joost actually.  And I have yet to see any stuttering.  This is the kind of quality and content that I have been waiting for with Joost but never got to see.

Another nice feature of the player is it’s “browser” like navigation that also act like a file folder browser.  It has a nice “navigation bar” at the top that behave similar to your typical “browser” toolbar.  It has a nice “home button”, “back” button, etc.

The left section of the screen present “channels” style link with a nice scroll bar that is actually usable.  Joost never delivered usable scrollbars in it’s client. Adobe MP also sport an interface that also feel “snappy”.  Joost feel slugish at times, where Adobe always feel like things are reacting right away. You really have to try both to understand.

This player is somewhat what I described Joost should be a couple of months ago.   Too bad they are taking so long to come up with a decent web version of the client.  Adobe certainly took the lead here.  Great player, great content, great video quality.

Joost, can you do better than Apple?  And please, bring some good US content to Canada!  Apparently Adobe is able to do it… unless it was an oversight that will be closed shortly…  I have sent a question to Adobe PR (Russell Brady) about this.  Hopefully I will receive an answer soon and will update this port with more details.

XBOX 360 Power Supply Nightmare!

April 9, 2021

OK, I know this is most likely an isolated case but come on Microsoft!

Story begin on Feb 11 2008 when I found my XBOX 360 to not power up any more ;-(  OK, so I call the support number and I am given instruction to ship the defective power supply along with all power cables back to them.  I tag all parts and cables with supplied Ref #. I am told that it is to me to find a box to ship it and that I need to pay for the shipping.

OK, this is minus 2 points in my books!  Why should I have to pay to ship the thing back to them… I mean, I am already paying a premium for the support… but OK, I need it replaced ASAP.

I rush out to the CanadaPost store and get the 3 business day shipping option along with tracking.

I let the thing go and hope to get a new one back within 15 days.  After 15 days I am getting worried… so at around Feb 26 I call them back and ask about the problem ticket status. I am told they have no record of receiving the power supply!  What?  Are you kidding me? I go on CanadaPost web site and tell them that a certain mr X signed for the package at their office on Feb 15 2008.

They give me some obscure reason as to why they might have not entered it in the system yet.  Come on, you got it for like two weeks already!  What more do you need?

Any way, they tell me to call in a week to check on status… so this is what I do.  Two weeks later still no power supply in the system! What?  So I asked to get the problem escalate.  They tell me that the have escalated it and that someone should take care of shipping me a power supply soon. I wait another week and call in to check status (lon March 12 or about that day).

They told me that they are expecting the power supply to ship any time now and that I should receive it in 15 business day! Holly sh..!

On March 19 2008 I got a call from support telling me that the power supply was shipped that same day.  OK, I should finally get it any time soon. Two weeks later still no power supply.  I am not happy. I call them back and I am told that I should get it any time soon and that the reason for the delay was due to Easter.

OK, I will give it another couple of days. We are now April 9 2008 (yep, almost two months) and still no power supply.  So I call back.  They told me I need to wait another 2 days and call them back saturday if I have not received my power supply.What?  You want me to do what?  So I ask to talk to a supervisor.  After 10 minutes of wait I finally talk to one.  He told me that it is marked in their system that the package was received on March 19 2008?

This is nuts!  I never got anything!  I ask for the tracking number that prove that I got it as I want to know who signed for the thing. They tell me they don’t have a tracking number.  Come on!So now I have to wait for a call from them on saturday to see if I have received the power supply… and if I have not received it they will have to send a work order to ship another one to me.  This will take like 2 business day to process… then they will ship me another oner one and this will take yet another 24 hours… then it is off for another 12 business day delivery process…

If I do the math I will be lucky to get the power supply at the end of April!I am really really really mad…

Joost denies “US only” focus

April 6, 2021

Ouf! For a day I tougth I would loose access to Joost since I am a Canadian!  But apparently Joost denied the allegation made yesterday by

The company has about 100 employees and is not planning any major layoffs, but is doing “re-alignment”.  Joost is not planning to only focus on U.S….that part is “completely untrue”.  The company is based in London and has major European roots, and will continue to do cross-border deals.

Well, this is good news!  I wonder where timesonline got their info?


Joost to become available to US only?

April 6, 2021

This would really be a sad news… but if the it will be the case. Below are some excerpts from the news:

JOOST is preparing for a major retrenchment after failing to attract enough users and top-flight broadcasting rights.

The company is expected to rein in its global ambitions to focus solely on the US market.

It has struggled to convince media and sports companies to sell it global rights, which are normally parcelled out to broadcasters country by country.

Joost has also suffered from senior defections. Chief technology officer Dirk-Willem van Gulik jumped ship for the BBC earlier in the year.

“We are not shedding staff, There are some situations where staff have been rea-ligned to better fit our needs.”

Joost is unlikely to close, however. “There are too many egos involved,” said one former employee.


Joost has apparently denied the story.

Blinkx Launches Yet Another Online TV Service

April 2, 2021

After Joost, Babelgum, iPlayer, Livestation, Vuze et al comes yet another online TV platform. Web video search index Blinkx is branching farther out in to distribution by launching its own version - hybrid P2P player Blinkx Broadband TV (BBTV). Its only content partners at launch are said to be film distributor Dogwoof and ubiquitous news provider ITN, though the repertoire this morning consisted of short cartoons, all on-demand. Blinkx says BBTV (which, incidentally, also stands for BoingBoing TV) harnesses Blinkx’s core speech recognition video transcription technology to offer searchability and clickable subtitles that point to web pages in a manner tightly integrated with the 1.8Mb Windows-only TV app. If the world really needs another P2P TV app, then it may be because of this snazzy-sounding feature - but it’s something that didn’t seem to work during my test.


Firefly brought in to launch Joost competitor

April 1, 2021

A digital TV start-up has brought in agency support to differentiate itself from established competitors like Joost and Vuze.

Zattoo hired Firefly after a competitive pitch.

The agency will provide UK support ahead of Zattoo’s launch this spring.

The IPTV channel is already a success in mainland Europe, with over 2m subscribers so far. Zattoo has signed up BBC1, BBC2 and Channels 4 and 5 among others, and aims to secure more mainstream content than some of its competitors, which tend to offer niche sci-fi programming.

In the weeks leading up to Zattoo’s UK launch, Firefly will be focusing on the blogging community and early adopters willing to try Beta websites.

The London agency will then launch the website to the mass market, using both traditional and online media.