February 28, 2007 | By Peter Bihr |
This morning I got a beta account for Joost. Boy, that made me happy. Joost, formerly known as the Venice Project, the new video-p2p-streaming extravaganza by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. Remember, the guys behind Skype and Kazaar?
Sadly, ’cause I spent the night at a friend’s place fiddling with their wireless routers (what a pain), I didn’t have a chance to check it out right away. But hey, what better motivation to get the broadband working than some revolutionary high rez on demand video gadget?
I’ll definitively check it out more thoroughly within the next days. But from the first glimpse, it sure does look awesome. While the videos did occasionally stop for buffering during the first seconds, I was more than impressed with the quality and also the speed: It takes hardly
a second ten secs for the movies to start.
There were some ads, but very brief & of the non-disturbing kind.
As for the content and the social features, I’ll have to take a longer look: There’s plenty of stuff to do & see & fiddle with, and so far, it’s been feeling very intuitive. Within 5 minutes, I happened upon the oddest content from a live concert (in San Fran?), a skate thrasher punk music video, some surfing stuff. More than curious what else is on so far.
Not that this is a risky guess, but I’d say the two got it right again, and Joost is here to stay. Stay tuned.