Want a Joost Invite?

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Well, do it yourself, you lazy bum! GigaOM and NewTeeVee are offering up self-invitations to the new Joost service that is taking the Intertubes by storm! I personally haven't played around with Joost that much, but from what I have done it is an alright service. Let's just hope they have added some servers to handle the load of beta users.

Free Invites! [Joost]

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After a few tries (refresh worked for getting the invite and hitting "next" repeatedly from the account creation screen eventually worked) I got an account created and was able to log in.

I did experience a problem with the program running in the background but not showing a splash screen or a taskbar icon, but this only happened twice. After using the start menu to init the program it worked with just a momentary delay for loading.

The content itself is a mixed bag. There seems to be a lot of entertaining bits here and there, but not much you might have heard of or been looking for.

Navigation is fairly intuitive, but since so many of the programs are unknown to me they could do with a more accurate description both in the program and on the joost website.

Since this is a P2P program the latency some are experiencing probably has a lot to do with the number of users both sharing and trying to grab those particular programs.

The picture quality isn't great, but if you are like me and live someplace where cable TV is not an option and you use an ariel antenna then a little bit of fuzz won't bother you. Besides, this isn't porn, it's mostly comedy type stuff and an HD image wouldn't exactly imrpove the experience.

Verdict: If you have speakers at work and a good connection then this might be a fun thing for you to play with. If they expand the content (I'm sure this is an obvious must if they want to make money from it) then this might be something I would use from home regularly.

As a person who can't have cable TV I would absolutely use this to watch commercial programming if it became available. I've gotten two out of three strikes at my university for DMCA violations for grabbing Battlestar Galactica among other broadcast programs. I would have absolutely no problem watching them through joost even with commercial content included.