Joost opens to the public
Version 1.0 of the television streaming application, Joost, has been launched, with an announcement that invitations are no longer necessary to register for the service.
The service was previously in limited testing, but is now fully open to the public. The news comes soon after the company released a version of the software for the Mac.
Joost is the most recent project from Skype founders Janus Friis and Kazaa’s Niklas Zennström, who have just resigned from Ebay after the auction house claimed it had massively overpaid for the VoIP start-up.
It is a peer-to-peer system which streams television content from fellow users, rather than a central server. The company has signed deals to show content from Paramount, Comedy Central and MTV.
Version 1.0 sees a new user interface called “spoon”, and a new menu navigation system. There is also an open API to allow third-party developers to create add-on features for the system.
However, the software is not yet ready for official release, and is still technically in the testing phase. “Joost is still Beta software – there’s a lot more work to be done before we’re satisfied, and yes, you may find a bug or two,” claims an entry on the company’s blog.