Anyone with a new Beta right now has zero invites. It's really not that awesome..heres the sleepy review i sent my friend.
So I got an invite to the Beta version of Joost yesterday afternoon.
I threw it on my computer. Requirements are nominal 512MB RAM, was a bit interesting.
Weird selection of programming, the majority of which is short 2-5 min clips and music videos.
An odd showing from XL recordings (Basement Jaxx and Prodigy) has it's own station with parctically the full Prodigy video library. Much has their own station showing Live performances
Looking for full length tv shows was tough, I found a documentary on the Tokyo shock boys and some lame video game review stuff.
The technology still isnt quite there. I get waay better results with TVU player and my Slingbox. I have some pretty high Up/Down speeds and video stutters and rebuffers frequently. This is supposedly working P2P from what the wired article stated, so this could be an issue with a lack of cached copies. EDIT: I tried again on Friday afternoon and much of the rebuffering issue had subsided.
The screen has a hud with 3 sections. On the left, the channel guide and program list. On the bottom, the current show name, pause/play and skip to next show. The right brings you into your User section that lets you rate programs on a 5 star scale. There are other widgets to chat with others on the channel and what looks like an RSS feed and Joost bulletins.
Right now, it's not worth installing or running. Program selection is weak. What this needs is a killer exclusive like a Gizmodo or Engadget live show, or a simulcast of some shit that people want to see. Think back like 5 years when they streamed some David Byrne concert from some festival. It crashed the hell out of their streaming servers. This could relieve that crush bittorrent style.