I signed up for Joost's beta program earlier this year and was excited to get an activation notice from them late last week. The Joost promise is "The magic of television, with the power of the internet built right in. Joost puts you in control, and TV will never be the same again." I was intrigued...
After playing around with Joost a bit this weekend I have to say the results were mixed. It's important to keep in mind that this is just a beta stage, so I'm hoping they'll smoothing things out before a formal launch. To truly be successful and pull in the mass market, however, Joost will need to work on overall reliability. There were far too many times when the screen would get grainy or simply freeze. Again, I know it's just a beta, so my fingers remained crossed.
On the plus side, when the system worked it worked quite well. There were some points where I felt like I was watching a DVD on my screen; pretty impressive and a much better experience than you'd typically get with something like YouTube, for example. Also, all my testing was done via wireless, which made the high points even more impressive.
I plan to check back in on Joost from time to time to revisit the service level issues as well as the depth and breadth of content, which also was about where you'd expect it during a beta.