Joost has released yet another version of their acclaimed Internet TV client that streams prerecorded TV shows to PCs that run the client software.The new version has one feature in particular that was well overdue. Joost can now be updated from within the client. Users do not have to download and install new versions from the Joost website anymore.
Several changes have been introduced to the user interface as well which give Joost a cleaner look. It is now also possible to create links from within Joost that point to TV shows which you can then share with other users of the service so that they too can tune right into the stream and watch the show on their computer.
I did encounter a new bug however which can be rather serious. Joost did not start up when I clicked on the application, and what made it worse than that was the fact that I also could not terminate the process on the system as it could not be killed. It used 99% of cpu resources at that time and there was nothing left to do but to restart the whole computer.
Deleting the Joost directory in Application Data did not help either which means that my computer running Windows XP is not able to start Joost at the moment.
The shows offered at Joost are still considered B-content by many including me. Unless they really add some high quality content they are doomed to fail even with all the news coverage that they get. Let me know if you want a Joost invitation and I send it out using Joost on my Windows Vista notebook.
Update: Joost has been paused - that is how the developers of the service call it - for the time being. Neither the software nor the website are available anymore at the time of writing and it is not clear if the service will make a comeback at one point in time or if it is gone forever.
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