I just wanted to remind you that Joost is running their first big Live test run tomorrow with NCAA March Madness. It begins Thursday at 12:20 p.m. EDT / 4:20 p.m. GMT and ends after the last game which is scheduled for 9:55 PM EDT. 16 games will be streamed live on that day and it will be interesting to see how the Joost client will handle that kind of traffic.
They made it clear in their announcement that they expect that some things will go wrong, obviously live is something completely different than the prerecorded shows that they use to stream normally.
I'm not sure about this but I guess you need the latest client that was released yesterday to be able to take part in the live test. I definitely will tune in to see how the image quality will hold up against other services that stream live Internet. Another aspect that is quite interesting is the delay of the image compared to normal television. How many seconds will the stream be behind in the coverage ?
Update: Joost, after several years of operation has closed down the service. While that is not really the end of it, it means that you can't use it right now as it is non-operational for the time being. When you visit the Joost website right now you are greeted with a "Hey who hit the pause" link that explains why it is not available anymore.
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