Dutch internet TV company 'Joost' to show CNN

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the entrepreneurs who developed both Kazaa and Skype, are now using p2p technology to broadcast television via the Internet. Joost announced that it had signed several new content distribution agreements: it will air episodes of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "Robot Chicken" from Turner's Adult Swim network, as well as airing "Larry King Live," among other news and interview programs from Turner's CNN, which is owned by Time Warner Incoporated. Joost also announced several other content deals: Sony will run episodes of several old TV series including "Charlie's Angels" and "Starsky & Hutch" on Joost; Sports Illustrated will run photo shoots and programs about its swimsuit issue; the National Hockey League will broadcast vintage games and game highlights; and Hasbro will run old episodes of "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe."

Joost has previously signed deals with Viacom, Warner Music Group and CBS; it has advertising trials with 32 companies, including Coca-Cola, Nike, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Sony and Visa. Alberdingk Thijm said ad revenues were shared between Joost and the content providers; while advertisers were charged on a per-view basis. Ads are matched with appropriate content and views are exactly measured. Alberdingk Thijm said the company is still experimenting with when and how it will run ads, but that overall, there would be less advertising than on regular TV. As well, the company announced its "commercial availability": unlimited invites available to all beta testers (although Joost says I have 5). "Later this month we will be completely open" and allow anyone to download the Joost software from the company's Web site, said Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, the company's top executive for content acquisition. Joost is owned by Friis and Zennstrom via their Luxembourg-based Joost Operations SA, but it has offices in New York, London and Leiden, Netherlands, and expects to incorporate under the Joost name globally.

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I first thought this was going to be live channels, but from trying it, it seems to be all about playing archived videos on demand rather than live video? Sort of another way to handle the distribution and playback of an .avi file.

what i'm a bit concerned about when living in belgium: data transfer rate... we have a standard transfer cap of 10gb (you can buy additional data packs, but 10gb is the standard amount) so i'm wondering how much mbs it'll use when watching a few shows...

black_death said,

oh, didnt know they had an international channel :S

You "don't" know a lot about US media, let a lone the popular audience of CNN to begin with.

As a joost beta participant, I can see Joost, if executed properly, become something really great.

edit: sort of quoted the wrong person at first. oops.

CNN, conservative?

Gotta be kidding me - their international channel, atleast, its pretty liberal.

I guess if you're talking the US channel, it could be "modified" for an American market, after all they don't want everybody going to Fox!

SimpleRules said,
CNN, conservative?

Gotta be kidding me - their international channel, atleast, its pretty liberal.

I guess if you're talking the US channel, it could be "modified" for an American market, after all they don't want everybody going to Fox!

oh, didnt know they had an international channel :S

black_death said,

oh, didnt know they had an international channel :S


You're kidding right?
Are all Americans as oblivious as you?

Wait, yes.

Alan Zeino said,
You're kidding right?
Are all Americans as oblivious as you?

Wait, yes.

Actually Im canadian, sorry I didn't know CNN had an international channel I guess that ruins all my political creditability

Are all non-North Americans as oblivious as you?

Wait, yes.

As a fellow Canadian, let me just say that the tendency in the US Media is much more towards conservatism than in Canada. Frankly, I consider The Daily Show with John Stewart to be more of a truthfully examination of issues than any US-based news channel.

Croquant said,
As a fellow Canadian, let me just say that the tendency in the US Media is much more towards conservatism than in Canada. Frankly, I consider The Daily Show with John Stewart to be more of a truthfully examination of issues than any US-based news channel.

+1 exactly something I would say