Joost opens its doors

Free online TV download portal goes public

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  October 7, 2007

Internet TV program Joost is celebrating its one-year anniversary with the launch of its first public beta release.

The release of Joost beta 1.0 means that any online user can now sign-up and use the service, without requiring an invitation (as was previously the case).

Despite being an invitation-only service until now, Joost claims the online TV streaming service has already managed to lock in over one million users.

In an interview with Blip.tv, Mike Volpi, Joost's CEO commented: "Joost is now seeing close to 50,000 beta downloads per week. With open access, we're hoping that number jumps to between two and three million full-fledged users by year's end."

Aside from offering open access, the firm has also included a number of updates to the free service, such as a new transparent theme and a refurbished channel guide called ‘Explore'. The firm also claims that the new beta is designed to deliver faster content streaming for low bandwidth connections.

According to its official website, Joost offers 150,000 TV shows on over 250,000 channels. In addition to mainstream channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and CNN, the online app offers niche channels, including Hip Hop Society, Zone Reality and Flimmer, which features short films from around the world.

Joost beta 1.0 for Windows and Mac systems can be downloaded here.

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