I have been playing with Joost (the Venice Project) on and off now for a couple of weeks — mostly National Geographic stuff (Egypt, WWII Battleships, etc.). I haven’t done any writeup yet because, well, so far it is just “OK.” I know that it is still in beta, but that is not the issue. First, the early selection of videos is meager and second, some of the commercials are, well, worse than “Pirate TV”. If you are on Joost, you know what I mean. If you are not on Joost, imagine the image stopping in the middle of a scene (perhaps even in the middle of a sentence) and then pixelizing (it initially looks like there is a bandwidth problem — but no, it’s the way Joost does commercials) and then bam there is a cosmetics commercial. I mean really. Cosmetics? For the documentary on the sinking and re-discovery of the Nazi Battleship Bismarck? OK, perhaps they don’t have any other sponsors yet, but it just seemed odd.
But this post is not about Joost. It is about what I want Joost to be. Oh, and I am sorry to say that what I want Joost to be is in the “old school” industrial complex called “Cap Cities / ABC”.
On the recommendation of Derek (he of 5ThirtyOne fame) in a post over at uneasysilence, I wandered over to ABC.com and installed the plugin that Derek talked about in his post and “holy frick” — full screen, excellent quality, non-pixelated, on demand, Grey’s Anatomy with limited commercials from a real sponsor (Carnival Cruise Lines).
Not that I watch TV much, but it looks like ABC is dumping all of their hot shows here — Lost included.
This is definitely worth checking out.
Props to Derek.