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

CollegeHumor to Distribute Original Video Content on Joost

February 22, 2021

NEW YORK – February 22, 2021 – CollegeHumor (, the definitive source for irreverent student humor and leading online source of original comedy videos, today announced that it will bring its high-quality CHTV original videos to Joost™ (, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service.

CollegeHumor’s CHTV original videos will be made available on Joost through the newly launched “CHTV: CollegeHumor Original Videos” Joost channel (  Initial programming includes a collection of CollegeHumor’s most popular original series, including “Street Fighter: The Later Years,” “The Michael Showalter Showalter,” “Prank War,” and “Hardly Working.”  Additionally, CollegeHumor will provide hit video satires “Brohemian Rhapsody,” “Minesweeper: The Movie,” and “Facebook Off.”  Moving forward, as CollegeHumor continues to launch new original videos the company will continue to make them available to Joost viewers through the CHTV Joost channel.

“We are excited to be partnering with Joost to launch the CollegeHumor channel because it gives us an opportunity to introduce our original videos to a new, savvy audience,” said Ricky Van Veen, Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of CollegeHumor.  “Joost’s high quality, full screen platform is one of the few places where our high definition widescreen originals can look as good as they do on”

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Joost, said, “CollegeHumor is a pioneer in online video entertainment, and a perfect partner for Joost. Their shows – which are written and produced specifically for web audiences – are hysterical, and because of their commitment to high production values, they look great on Joost.”

NBA “Instant Classic” Games and Highlights to be Featured on Joost

December 17, 2021

NEW YORK – December 17, 2021 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Joost™ today announced the launch of the NBA Channel on Joost, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service. The new channel will provide fans around the world with viewing access to “Instant Classic” NBA games and video highlight packages for the remainder of the 2007-08 NBA season.

As part of the new relationship, the NBA Channel will feature complete replays of memorable NBA games, including the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006, and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James’ sensational performance in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons, in which he scored the Cavaliers’ final 25 points to lead his team to a 109-107 double-overtime victory.

“The NBA is always looking to further engage our fans around the world and expand our digital offerings with innovative products like Joost,” said Attila Gazdag, senior vice president of global media distribution for the NBA. “With the new NBA Channel on Joost, we offer our fans yet another platform to experience all the action of the NBA in a full-screen, high-quality environment.”

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Film24 comes to Joost

December 11, 2021

Movie channel Film24 has announced a distribution agreement with online video site Joost.

The new service went live on 6 December with Film24 providing six hours of new content to Joost each month.

Both sides have said they will be working closely with the service to tailor forthcoming programming to its audience’s demands.

Andrew Burns, chief operating officer of Film24, described the deal as a ” perfect match.”

Appropriately, the debut programme package from Film24 for Joost consists of 24 programmes, including the two-part documentary Stand By For Action, about British film and television legend Gerry Anderson.

There will also be exclusive behind the scenes reports and interviews with the stars of films from Control and Cocaine Cowboys through High School Musical 2 to Rendition and Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution. .

Yvette Alberdingkthijm, executive vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Joost, said: “It is our aim to secure the very best content for our viewers – which includes providing programming that offers in-depth coverage and insights into the subjects and genres that meet their interests.”

North One Television expanding its relationship with Joost

December 6, 2021

FM2007 PREVIEW: All3Media-owned UK indie North One Television is expanding its relationship with internet TV service Joost after receiving “surprising” returns from the start-up’s first ad revenue pay-outs to its content partners.

North One has created channels on Joost based around motoring magazine programme Fifth Gear and The Gadget Show, both of which it produces for UK terrestrial Five.

The firm was one of the first to be involved in Joost beta-testing and is now exploring further opportunities after receiving promising initial payments from the platform following the introduction of advertising and its public launch in the autumn.

Speaking ahead of his appearance at C21’s FutureMedia Conference 2007 at BAFTA in London next week, North One head of commercial programming John Nolan said the amount of revenue to come back was “surprising.”

“I can’t tell you the figures but I can say we’re very pleased with them, and as a result we’re reviewing and expanding our relationship with Joost across a number of areas of programming in multiple territories,” Nolan told C21.

Joost CEO Mike Volpi will also be among the speakers at FM2007 on December 13, where he is due to provide an update on the company’s latest developments.

Volpi will also offer his perspective on Kangaroo, the online video-on-demand joint venture confirmed last week by BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4. BBC Worldwide director of digital media Simon Danker will also be among the speakers.

For more on the FM2007 agenda and to register your attendance click here.

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November 11, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – UNDERGROUNDFILM announced today that it has launched on Joost™ (, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service.

Undergroundfilm’s (UGF) Joost channels feature animation, shorts and feature films. The content for the channels is provided by UGF’s partner filmmakers, hundreds of talented people committed to serious film who have contributed to UGF’s library of over 2000 films.

“Joost is revolutionizing the way independent film content is viewed using the power of the Internet. It is offering audiences something truly radical in terms of network programming: real choice,” says UGF Creative Director Daniel Watts.

All three UGF channels will be updated regularly with fresh content. The UGF channels on Joost include:

• Undergroundfilm Shorts, with short films from independent producers around the world, is available at

• Undergroundfilm Features, available at, features full-length independent movies.

• Undergroundfilm Animation, featuring animated films from around the world, is on Joost at

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Joost, said, “Joost is an entertainment destination dedicated to showcasing a wide range of programming from professional producers of content, however big or small. Joost removes distribution barriers to make sure that independent filmmakers have an outlet for their creativity and vision. By adding Joost to their distribution network, Undergroundfilm’s talent will be able to reach new audiences and build its worldwide fan base.”

About Undergroundfilm

Founded in 1998, UGF is the longest running film site on the web. In an era where the web is inundated with user-generated video sharing sites, UGF continues to build a library of thousands of high quality short form films, leading Wired Magazine to call it “the place on the web for serious filmmakers.” (May, 2006) UGF partners with these filmmakers to connect them to growing audiences through online and offline distribution alliances, direct marketing, mobile phone partnerships, social networking sites, film festivals and other powerful tools.

WBTV close to Hulu deal

November 10, 2021

“Friends” could soon be buddying up to Hulu.

Warner Bros. Television is in active negotiations with the News Corp.-NBC joint-venture to make a slew of WBTV content available on Hulu, execs confirmed Friday.

“It’s more likely than not that we’re going to make a deal,” WB Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum said in an interview.

Much of the content would probably come from the studio’s library, an area in which it controls far more rights, though some newer shows could also make their way on to the site.

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Chello Zone launches global distribution on Joost

October 24, 2021

Chello Zone (formerly Zonemedia) announced it will supply further content from its channel bouquet to Joost. Programmes from Zone Reality and Zone Horror will now be available on Joost in addition to content from Extreme Sports Channel.

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Vice President, Content Strategy and Acquisition for Joost commented in a prepared statement, “We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with Chello Zone by selecting material from Zone Horror and Zone Reality to join that of the Extreme Sports Channel. The programming from Extreme has been well received and we’re sure the new shows will be a great addition to our line-up”.

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