First, it’s pretty cool. Jay was sitting on my couch last night connected to an open WiFi node and the performance was unacceptable. This was a statement about the open wifi performance and not Joost. Joost runs perfectly over my 802.11b home network that has 2 Macs, a TiVO and a infrequently connected PC. The network streaming performance was great. The experience was similar to watching digital cable on Rogers. Occasionally the show would pause for a second, but generally it was like watching television. The Joost guys have done a great job.
The channels range for wonderful to hysterical. National Geographic. Top Gear. Explora. Off the Fence – Docs on Demand. Fantastic, and now that my TiVO is connected using Toast 8 I don’t even really need a TV. Then there is the humour, the Diddy Channel. All Diddy all the time.
The beta still has some bugs. Both performance and user experience. It took me a while to figure out that title bar in a Channel view works like navigation back button. The physical separateness of the title bar and the show list I found confusing. There are a lot of menu items that are repeated. Overall Joost is pretty cool. I can’t wait for more content!