Who's building Joost?
Niklas Zennstrøm and Janus Friis have been talking about the idea behind Joost for a long time. In early 2006, they started gathering the world's best engineers, web gurus and media visionaries to start building it, under the code name of The Venice Project. More than a year of very hard work later, their vision is ready for public viewing.
In that time, Joost has grown from a handful of people in a small office outside Amsterdam to more than 100 people spread right across Europe and North America. Joost is already a global venture, bringing TV to a global, highly networked community. And already, it's setting new standards for 21st-century entertainment.
Co- founder – Janus Friis http://youtube.com/watch?v=tpiUDppHi7I
Co-founder – Niklas Zennstrom http://youtube.com/watch?v=tlh7_-yErJQ
Head of Engineering – Sander Striker http://youtube.com/watch?v=KaXdb-3ShjQ
Head of Technology – Dirk http://youtube.com/watch?v=Tf2CcIjygC4
Executive Vice President - Henrik Werdelin http://youtube.com/watch?v=fjDsRvZMaXE
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.
Joost provides a new way of watching TV that combines the best of full-screen television entertainment with the interactive and community benefits of the Internet to bring broadcast-quality video to viewers anytime, anywhere. Based on a state-of-the-art, secure, peer-to-peer streaming technology, Joost can be accessed with a broadband Internet connection and offers video content to viewers for free. Joost features more than 150 channels with programming across all genres, including: cartoons and animation; entertainment and film; sports; comedy; lifestyle and documentaries; and sci-fi. Channels and programs available on Joost vary by geographic region, based on copyright ownership.
The app is based on Mozilla’s XULRunner engine, which basically means it’s cross-platform.
Joost is built on open source technology and open standards. To name a few: Mozilla, Apache HTTPD, Redland, Postgres, OpenSSL, RDF, SVG, XUL.
Is it possible to build a web based application that does not require any downloads, that is comparable to the downloadable executable Joost application. This mashup has been done with 1 flash file as compared to Joost which requires 100's of files.