Joost beta client 1.1.8 just released

July 21, 2021

Joost just released version 1.1.8 of it Windows and OSX client.  Again, there is apparently nothing visible at this point with the client.

Joost is said to be releasing a web based version of the client later this summer… so within the next couple of weeks… most likelly in time for back to school I guess.

Simply follow this link to download the latest Joost client.

  • Joost Coming To The Browser?

Joost beta client 1.1.4 available for download

March 28, 2021

Joost client 1.1.4 just got released for both Windows and OSX.

I assume that this new version of the client fixes some issues with UI and Live Streaming… but Joost is notoriously bad for documenting what changes from one client release to the next…

Any how, if you are interested to try the latest and greatest you can pick a copy of the client in the Joost download section.

Joost just issued a new Live Streaming beta client

March 19, 2021

Joost client 1.1.3 just got released for both Windows and OSX.

This clients fix bugs that where found during the course of the Live Streaming testing that took place over the last few days. If you intend to watch March Madness Live on Joost you better grab a copy of this new client.

You can pick a copy of the client in the Joost download section.

10 Livestation Beta invitations available

March 15, 2021

I have 10 LiveStation invitations left.  If you are interested in one simple leave a comment here (don’t type your email address since I already have it via your blog user registration) and I will send one to you.

What is live station you ask:

Livestation delivers a range of live radio and television channels to your computer over a broadband network.

There is no need to install a tuner, aerial, or any additional hardware. Livestation works anywhere with a basic broadband network connection. Simply download the free Livestation player to watch television wherever you are, whenever you want.

You can watch television on your desktop, or on your laptop, at home, at work, on the move, or in a hotel room, provided you have a broadband internet connection or wireless access.

Unlike video-on-demand or download services, Livestation delivers live broadcast channels, so you can watch news, sports or live events as they happen.

Livestation offers an integrated player that allows you to choose from a number of channels and continue listening and viewing while using other applications. You can watch in a window while you work or play, or view full screen.

While you are listening or watching, Livestation shares some of the stream with other users. This allows Livestation to serve a very large number of simultaneous users.

Livestation is designed to be able to serve millions of users without many of the limitations associated with traditional online streaming services.

A number of new features will be added to Livestation over the coming months. Right now we are testing the technology and proving the platform. We want your feedback to help us to evaluate the network and improve the product.

Joost beta client for Live Broadcast viewing now available

March 13, 2021

It is official. The new beta client that will allow you to test the new live broadcase feature of Joost is now available.

The release is known as Joost beta 1.1.2 and download links for each supported platform can be found here:

OSX

Windows

This is what Joost has to say about the “Live Broadcast” feature of the client:

Joost Beta 1.1 includes support for the new Joost Live broadcasts. These are live broadcasts distributed using the peer to peer network. During the life of Joost Beta 1.1 we will be delivering a set of Live test transmissions. These test transmissions will be advertised on the Joost Web site and in the Newsletter.

For the most part Joost Live broadcasts are quite similar to the regular Joost shows. You still use Explore to discover Live content (the initial broadcasts will be on the Live Tests category in Explore with the ‘On Air’ icon), but Live shows have a slightly different appearance to regular on demand shows, an active Live show will have a red bar at the bottom of its thumbnail.

There are some restrictions on Live shows in that you cannot seek within a show and you won’t be able to play it after it has finished. There is no time shifting feature for Live shows and so you arent able to pause a Live show either.

Some of the test transmissions will be a licensed rebroadcast of a channel on another medium and in these cases the transmission will be continuously (as we progress in our tests these will be 24/7 transmissions), delivered exactly as it is received by us, the commercial breaks will be part of the stream unlike Joost on demand shows and we won’t be able to give any details about a particular show running on that transmission.

Other test transmissions will be a packaged set of shows in a live feed and in this case we will be able to give further information on each show as it starts. Its title will appear in the Controller when it is running and there will be separate shows in the EPG for that transmission.

Both types of transmission have Joost Links associated with them, for the 24/7 rebroadcast transmission it will be a single Joost Link, for the packaged shows in a transmission it will be a Joost Link for each show and one for the overall transmission.

If you click on a Joost Link for a show which is not yet showing Live (it may be delayed by the original broadcaster for some reason), then Joost will play whatever is playing on that particular transmission, in exactly the same way as if it was a cable or terrestrial TV channel.

Users of the new beta client are reporting better streaming quality as can be read below:

NO MORE STUTTER!

The developers have done a tremendous job with this release! I first installed on my 802.11n wireless Windows XP MCE 2005 HTPC with no stuttering at all and then on to my wired Vista Ultimate desktop. Both streaming at the same time for a couple hours now without one hiccup!

I know Joost is going to explode in popularity once it’s ready for prime time. It is apparent that it is finally getting close. I’ve been testing since the early invite only betas. Finally it seems to be dependable enough to add to my daily media applications. With over the air broadcast ATSC digital TV, Netflix, Gametap, and now Joost, I have one heck of a HTPC.

Good work! I look forward to more quality content coming down the pipeline.

Cheers,
Joe

Cheers to the Joost development team for keeping up the great work!

LiveStation goes multi-channel

February 12, 2021

As you might be aware LiveStation is offering streaming TV content over the internet.  It uses P2P technology to scale in a way similar to Joost.  Where it is different from Jost is that the content is from live TV station instead of archived content.
This new beta initially offer access to a limited number of international news broadcasters. It is anticipate that additional channels
will be available in the future.

So far the software has proven quite solid.  It even allow me to change channels using my Microsoft MCE remote control. Nice touch… but it still lack the “DVR” basic functions of pausing live stream in case you need to go, you know, to the bathroom or something.

The video quality is OK but not mind blowing.  I have lost track of how much kbps each individual stream use but If I remember well it is in the range of 384kbps.  I must say that Joost has the edge here.

LiveStation is still bound to Windows XP and Vista only… but it will run fine in an XP Parallels VM on a Mac.  I am looking forward for a native Mac version ;-)

I will keep testing the new client and I be looking forward for future updates.

For those interested to look at the actual program you can watch the screencast after the break:

Joost Beta Client 1.0.4 just got released

January 25, 2021

For those interested, Joost just released version 1.0.4 of it client.  It is primarilly a bug fix release.

You can download the 1.0.4 client here.

Joost just released the second develper preview

January 21, 2021

Jim Ley from Joost development team just announced that:

Hi, here’s a new developer release, no new features but we’ve fixed many little bugs in various places, and we may have a fix for the “empty explore” Bug. It isn’t enabled by default, but if you’re seeing this bug add the preference:

user_pref(”tvp.ui.spoonMasking”,false);

to your prefs file and then see if it works. We’re pretty sure the problem was related to masking issues with some graphics cards, but are yet to really reproduce.

Download preview release 2 for Windows
Download preview release 2 for Mac

Try it out and let us know anything you find.

Hulu going out of beta this week… maybe

January 6, 2022

If one was to believe this post then one might say that Hulu is going live this week:

If Hulu.com officially launches from its private-beta state this week, you can say you heard about it from me first. It’s only the first day of CES, and I already remember what I love about it: the dish.

Here’s what happened. I was in line at Starbucks this morning, bright and early, and this nice man started chatting me up. Turned out he was from NBC Universal, but the actual television side and not the technology side (so while he’d heard of CNET, he probably didn’t know I was mentally blogging our whole convo). So, we’re talking about the future of television and how grim things are for traditional TV, and he tells me that the folks at NBC got an “internal e-mail” a few days ago about how, probably this week, they’ll be releasing “this thing called Hulu.” Me: “Oh, really? Interesting!”

So, my apologies to you, anonymous Starbucks line guy, and I hope I don’t get you in trouble with any of the folks at NBC, but you made my CES day.

Source: http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9841702-2.html

Joost beta client 1.0.3 now available

December 4, 2021

This one almost skipped by me.  Thanks to Hal from Joost I was notified of the release of the new client 1.0.3.

It is mostly under the hood changes in this release.

So head over to Joost download section to grab the latest client.

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