Joost to sacrifice it’s desktop client in favor of a web plugin?

September 5, 2021

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Finally, some news about our good freinds at Joost.  As expected Joost is apparently about ready to launch it’s web based offering.  In the process, NewTeeVee is reporting that Joost will completely get rid of the current full client for Mac and Windows in favor of a browser plug in solution.

Joost has been talking for about a year of embrassing a web based solution vs a full client.  My take a few months ago was that Joost would probably release their new web solution in time for back to school… summer is really not a great time to release anything ;-)

Keep an eye for more news about Joost Web Solution!

Joost brainstorming about future of content distribution

August 11, 2021

Remco (Blikkie?) wrote in a blog post that Joost employee have been meeting a lot recently recently regarding the future of Joost content distribution.

Apparently Joost might want to focus more of it’s content distribution as a mechanism that enables small, back-of-the-shed-operations, to put their professionally produced content online and make a decent buck from it.

It is not clear if Joost will try to focus solely on Small content vs Big content like Hulu.  Is it that it is getting difficult to obtain exclusive premium content?  Maybe…  Joost has signed major content distribution deal in the past but has not announced any major deals in the recent months.  For sure Hulu is starting to occupy this space and is going a good job at it.

Let hope Joost find it’s niche and is able to grow to be a leader again in that space.

Card Player TV coming to Joost

July 31, 2021

Poker player rejoice, Card Player Media today announces the launch of Card Player TV on Joost.  Card Player TV shows can be found on the Everything Poker channel on Joost at

The Card Player TV channel on Joost includes news programming, strategy lessons from and biographies of top poker professionals, coverage of the world’s largest poker tournaments, legislative updates, and behind-the-scenes looks at the unique lifestyles of the biggest players in the industry. Fans will also get to watch interviews, tips, and tricks with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Jeff Shulman, CEO of Card Player Media, said, “Card Player TV has proved to be both influential and hugely popular since it was launched in 2006, and our partnership with Joost allows us to take it to the next level with a host of social-networking features that will help us reach a wider audience as well as give our loyal viewers more choice over how they interact with Card Player TV.”

Via PRWeb

Joost going live in China

July 23, 2021

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Internet television service Joost and TOM Group Limited, one of the leading Chinese media conglomerates in Greater China, today launched a joint venture to bring a full Joost offering to the region of Greater China.

Set up by Kazaa and Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, Joost burst onto the scene in the United States in 2007 as a high-profile free video service.

TOM Group’s majority shareholder, Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing (as shown in picture), owns a minority stake in Joost. Tom Group was founded in October 1999 as a joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa, Cheung Kong Holdings and other investors.


The venture will offer Chinese-language programming over the Internet and has launched the site at Joost and Tom source programming from within China and has about 16,000 hours of Chinese programming.  They also secured deals with several established content providers including CCTV, China Record Corporation, BTV Media, Huayi Brothers Media Group and Warner Home Entertainment.

Ken Young, CEO and executive director of Tom Group, said the alliance with Joost will enhance and increase the company’s range of internet services.

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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.

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Batman Week begins on Joost

July 16, 2021

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Any follower of pop culture knows that the next Batman movie - The Dark Knight - is opening on Friday in the U.S. (and on various dates throughout the next month around the rest of the world). To get ready for the movie (which is actually the first movie this summer I’ve been excited about…but I digress) Warner Bros. has given us three animated Batman series - Batman Beyond, Batman: The Animated Series, and The Batman - in the U.S.

As a special treat, we have enlisted the help of some bona fide Batman fans to share their can’t miss moments from their favorite shows. Read more

Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm is leaving Joost

July 9, 2021

alleyinsider is reporting:

The architect of Joost’s many splashy TV deals is leaving the company. Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm was named executive director of Witness, a human rights organization founded by Peter Gabriel.

Thijm was Executive Vice President of Content Strategy & Acquisition at Joost. In the past year Joost has been busy remaking the P2P TV service into a Web-based application that consumers would be more likely to use and has not announced many new major content deals. Joost is expected to relaunch the service later this summer.

Thijm’s departure further thins the ranks of Joost employees who were around for the Internet TV service’s heyday. Joost recently hired two programming execs from Paris-based video sharing site Dailymotion: Danny Passman was named global head of programming strategy, and John Schultz, director of programming strategy.

Before Joost, Thijm was EVP of business affairs for MTV Networks International, where she oversaw business affairs for all of its branded businesses and channels worldwide (outside the U.S.A.), including digital media initiatives, audiovisual co-productions, new business development, strategic partnerships and joint ventures.. She has been on the board of Witness since 2005. Her last day at Joost is July 15.

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NHK Joins Joost

July 9, 2021


LONDON AND TOKYO – July 9, 2021 – Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK), the sole Japanese public broadcaster, announced today that it will bring a selection of its program offerings to Joost™, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service.

“NHK has been a powerhouse of Japanese broadcasting since its launch, and to have a public broadcaster at the forefront of digital distribution demonstrates their innovative outlook,” said Mike Volpi, chief executive officer, Joost. “This is a great opportunity and partnership for Joost; we’re able to expand our international footprint and give NHK the opportunity to introduce their brand of entertainment and news programming to people around the world.” Read more

Joost beta client 1.1.7 just got released

June 18, 2021

Tought I would share with you that Joost just released version 1.1.7 of it Windows and OSX client.  There is apparently nothing visible at this point with the client.  It may be that Joost is releasing new version of the client that will enable some inline browser playback when the new web site goes up in a couple of weeks?

As you might remember Joost announced today in a blog post that they are starting to build the new web site infrastructure that will make web browser based video a reality.  This is currently comming at the cost of losing the current Joost discussion forum.

Simply follow this link to download the latest Joost client.

TVO got a channel on Joost

June 18, 2021

TVO, Ontario’s public educational media organization, announced today that it is bringing its acclaimed,
thought-provoking programming to Joost, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service.

“Partnering with Joost offers TVO new potential to expand our audience and increase the impact of our unique content in the borderless digital space,” said Lisa de Wilde, TVO’s Chief Executive Officer. “Now more and more people in Canada will be able to discover, on demand, just how true we are to
our vision of empowering citizens through educational media, and to our promise that TVO ‘makes you think’.”

Long known for its brave, bold and provocative documentaries, TVO will fittingly launch its Joost video channel with a sampling from its wide-ranging library of powerful documentary films. Viewers will be able to watch, share and interact with full-length offerings such as the Juno award-winning Escarpment Blues, Vienna 1900, and Canada’s War in Colour. New titles will be added monthly, and will be available for viewing to users in Canada.

Plans are also underway to introduce more TVO content to Joost in the future.

About TVO

TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

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