A week ago, I received confirmation that was a lucky participant in the beta version of an online program known as Joost.
This program is actually a FREE television service for your computer. Being a college student with a pretty standard computer and not much of a budget, the word FREE is always nice to hear.
I thought I would give my overall impressions of Joost after a week of usage. I have the program installed on my computer at home, at work and my parents computer as well. If you read this blog, you know that Joost runs on both Windows XP and Vista (i.e my parents computer). This is great!
Although the minimum requirements to run Joost are pretty standard for any computer after 2003 (512 RAM, a decent video card, a small amount of hard drive space), if you want the program to run smoothly you will need to exceed these requirements by double and have a broadband connection.
As for the program itself, it is pretty much up to the user to optimize the programming to their liking. The channels range from National Geographic to MTV and you can pick and choose your shows that you want to watch on the fly.
A good analogy for this program is that it is TiVo for every channel available. You can skip, fast forward and rewind any show on the network.
Keep in mind, this program and service is still in the beta form and the channel selection is very upbeat, limited and not necessarily meant for every viewing audience. Beta users are given the right to invite people to the service but it can only happen after a period of time as elapsed so please feel free to ask for an invite and I will put you on my list.
Feel free to visit The Official Joost Site!
Have a great day and as always, feel free to leave your comments.