Joost Now Offering Browser TV

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 18, 2008
Updated • Dec 25, 2012
Music and Video, tv

Joost who have been offering a software client for Macintosh and Windows to watch (mostly) prerecorded TV shows have launched a website today that is offering everyone using Internet Explorer or Firefox the opportunity to watch the TV shows that have been previously only available to the software client users.

The service currently requires a plugin to work properly but this need will fall away in the coming month according to Techcrunch when the Joost Standard service is introduced. The plugin is still needed for live and high definition broadcasts while all other shows are available for users without plugin as well. The Adobe Flash plugin will still be needed but this is pretty much a standard plugin on most computers nowadays.

Rumors are that Joost will stop development on the software client to concentrate fully on the Joost website which they are trying to establish as a video based social network type of website that comes with all the usual features and functions of those websites.

The move will surely see an increase in usage numbers but the real question is if it will be enough to keep the service alive. Taking it to the web means that it now has to compete with many already established video portals such as Youtube, Dailymotion or Hulu.

Update: Joost has been discontinued, at least for the time being. The developers have pulled the software and website from the Internet. When you visit the website now, you only see a notification that Joost has been pulled to reflect on the market, and while that does not mean that the software won't be back in one form or the other, it seems as if Joost is now a thing of the past.

We suggest you check out our Internet TV related category here for information on Joost alternatives.


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  1. darkkosmos said on September 18, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    If joost actually shows something I want to watch maybe I will go check it out. I typed in House MD and all I got was house md coming to Canada -.-

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