I’ve been using Joost on and off for about 4 months now. More off than on. It’s not that I didn’t like the app – it was pretty slick and quite solid for an early beta. It’s that there wasn’t a heck of a lot to watch. At some point over the last few weeks, they’ve added a lot of channels/content, and the latest version (beta 1) is even slicker than before.
Note: Invites aren’t required any more – Joost is now open to anyone who wants to sign up. Just head over to joost.com and sign up.
The basic player hasn’t change drastically since the earlier versions.
But channel navigation has improved at least 100%. The categories are self-explanatory, you can resize the “tiles” for each channel as you see fit, and creating a ‘custom channel’ is as simple as dragging and dropping.
I’m still not sure that I’d ever realistically want to use many (any?) of the widgets. If I have Joost in full-screen, that generally means whatever I’m watching is getting my attention. If I wanted to view RSS feeds or watch a clock tick while I was using Joost, I’d use it windowed.
Scrolling through the various options..