I got my invitation for Joost yesterday. I would have played right there and then but had to bring my work laptop home because the software doesn't run on anything less than the latest Intel macs. No biggie. Installation was painless, I have a user name and the thing looks awesome for streaming TV. Just like regular TV to be honest. Content will come with time but there's a few hundred hours viewing.
Searching is fast and over picture. It is truly on demand. It may take a few seconds to get the stream started but nothing like wading through 5 minutes of ads. The ads are targeted and fairly discreet (that'll change!) The interface isn't awful (the controller needs a little help) and a click on the picture kills all the onscreen controls. Slick. I really, really like it. I want to love it.
One problem. The stuttering. To be honest I am on a wireless network which may account for some of the lag but I'm ahead of the curve for bandwidth and if I'm suffering (enough not to bother watching) this service may not get mainstream acceptance.It basically relies on a lot of people watching TV all the time and some dedicated bandwidth (700kb/s download, 300kb/s upload I think).
Maybe no one was watching TV with me?
This, or something like this, is the what TV is now. Interactive, niche, high quality content , on demand.
ps. is it just me or every rugby lover out there: everytime I see the name Joost I think of the Springbok scrum-half, Joost van der Westhuizen.
ADD: I'm trying the Joost again on Sunday afternoon and it's running a lot better. Other than an errant skip and image degradation every now and then it's all good. (Now, if only BSG found it's way there.)