Free Joost Invites

Joost was first brought to my attention via MS newsgroup and it seemed like a really interesting idea. From What’s Joost?:

What’s Joost?
Joost is a new way of watching TV on the internet. With Joost, you get all the things you love about TV, including a high-quality full-screen picture, hundreds of full-length shows and easy channel-flipping.

Inside the box
You get great internet features too, such as search, chat and instant messaging, built right into the program – so you find shows quickly and talk to your friends while you watch. And with no schedules to worry about, you can watch whatever you want, whenever you like – as often as you want. Joost is completely free, and works with most modern PCs and Intel Mac-based computers with a broadband connection. Get Joost today!

Free TV
Now showing at Joost: hundreds of full-screen shows from your favourite channels.

Exciting extras
Chat, instant messaging, search and more – baked right into the TV experience.

Complete control
With Joost, you’re in charge. No more schedules – watch what you want, as often as you like.

Coming soon…
Write your own add-ons, watch yet more great content. Come back regularly for updates.

However, it appeared you needed to be invited to join the beta and I didn’t want to be one of the many sending a reply all email asking for an invitation.

Anyway, a day ago, this thread was brought to my attention: Free Joost Invites.

GigaOm, NewTeeVee and Joost are excited to invite you to experience the next generation of television

Get your invitation to Joost today and you’ll enjoy a TV-like experience enhanced with the choice, control and flexibility of Web 2.0. Joost can be accessed from your PC or Mac with a broadband Internet connection and offers broadcast-quality content for free.

To get invited, sign up here: Please invite me!

Within a few minutes after you sign up, you’ll receive a email:

GigaOm, NewTeeVee and Joost are inviting you to participate in the Joost beta testing program.

As you may know, Joost is a project that we think will completely revolutionize the way you watch TV. Joost brings you full-screen, high-quality TV on your PC or Mac – combined with the best interactive and community features of the Internet.

We hope you’ll join our beta-testing program and help us put the finishing touches on Joost. This is still a private, invitation-only beta, and the software is being rigorously tested, so we very much value your opinions and appreciate your feedback.

You can download the Joost software right away, by clicking on the link below. You’ll find instructions for installing and running the software on our download pages.

[insert Joost download link]

We look forward to seeing you on Joost!

Best regards,

The Joost team

Installation was simple and went through flawlessly. However, to launch the program, I needed to run as an administrator. My default account is running as a regular user, so that was a bit inconvenient, but oh well. The quality was really good. It wasn’t HD, but it was definitely TV quality or better. I watched some Robot Chicken and started browsing the other channels. It took me awhile to figure out how to convert it into Window mode (double click anywhere on the screen) and how to actually close the application. Had to turn to Ungsunghero for help. Apparently there’s a power button on the navigation control and by default this puts it to sleep inside your task tray. If you go to advance settings inside My Joost, you can change power to close the application.

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