Joost opens up its API for developer widgets
Widgets rule. They’re taking over the Web 2.0 world, as companies realise that the more open you are, the faster you grow. And if that involves people biting each other as Facebook Vampires, so much the better.
Joost is the latest Web 2.0 outfit to get widgety. The online TV service has opened up its API, allowing developers to create their own Joost plug-ins. There’s a dedicated website with all the documentation and tutorials eager coders will need.
WiTV: like Joost but entirely browser-based
The downside of Telly 2.0 services like Joost and VeohTV are that you have to download a new application for each of them, clogging up your PC if you’re the kind of channel-surfing ho’ who wants to use all three. Someone’s hacked together an AJAX version of Joost, but it’s early days.
Opinion: What happens to broadcaster exclusives in the age of online TV?
Stuart Dredge writes…
Channel 4 has The Simpsons, Sky has 24, Channel Five has all 67 CSI spin-offs, and the BBC has Heroes. Imported comedy and drama has been a mainstay of the UK telly schedules for years now, right down to daytime soaps like Neighbours and Home & Away.
Joost gets its own unofficial Flash mash-up
Cor! Someone’s only gone and made a version of Joost that works within your web browser, rather than making you download a dedicated application.
Opinion: Joost’s magic million heralds a bright future for online TV
Stuart Dredge writes… On British TV, a million viewers isn’t anything to shout about unless you’re a niche digital channel. But online, news that Telly 2.0 service Joost has signed up over a million users will be greeted by cheers….
Daily Tech Hotlinks for 26-July-07: Smashing Pumpkins, Blu-ray, Joost, MySpace, Ubisoft
– Create a Smashing Pumpkins video, win a Zeitgeist-skinned iPhone or Mac Pro (Smashing Pumpkins)
– Target to stock purely Blu-ray players from now on (Engadget)…
If you watch 10 shows on Joost this week…
Phew. Now that I’ve ditched my valiant-yet-sluggish Mac Mini for a ninja Core 2 Duo PC, I’ve actually been able to get onto Joost, the Telly 2.0 service that’s promising to revolutionise the way I watch TV (i.e. enable me to never have to watch Loose Women ever again).
Opinion: I want to watch NEW stuff on Joost, not just the same old TV shows
Stuart Dredge writes… Online TV firm Joost is doubtless proud of its deal with Viacom to stream new VH1 sitcom 'I Hate My 30s' ten days before it premieres on VH1's actual TV channel. And it's true that every deal…
Joost gets its own Transformers channel
Everyone’s rediscovering their love of all things Autobot and Decepticon, what with the success of the thankfully-better-than-expected new Transformers film. And the online TV market isn’t immune from the charms of Optimus Prime either.