If anyone is interested I just received 5 invitations for beta testing over at Joost, a company founded by the same tech pioneers that brought us Skype and Kazaa. Think TV meets social networking. I’ve had a chance to do a little testing of my own and my initial reaction is – very impressive. Joost has signed up a few big name content providers such as MTV, Warner Bros and the Comedy Channel but in this early stage, the amount of good content is lacking. What impressed me most is the quality and layout. There is surprisingly little pixelation at full screen (using my comcast broadband connection). While watching Joost TV and playing with some of the interactive features such as live chat, text messaging, ratings, etc. you can’t help get excited about the future possibilities as television melds with the internet. Imagine sports fans from rival teams talking trash while watching the action. There’s no word yet on when the
service is expected to be available to the public. One big gripe – they make it incredibily difficult to get rid of the video screen! Maybe I’m missing something but I’m fairly computer savvy and the only way I’ve figured out how to close the screen is the CTRL-ALT-DLT. That’s one way to control the desktop. How about a close screen button? Anyway, If you want to check out the beta testing go ahead and send me first and last name and email address to [edited: sorry i’m all out] and I’ll get you an account.