Joost is getting into the scary mood with a slew of Halloween Movies. The online service, which is no longer only in beta, includes such titles as “Nosferatu,” “Teenage Bikini Vampire” and the “Class of Nuke em High.” When you finish with those, check out their classics, dramas, music videos, and TV shows, and share your faves with others on their forum. Sign up is free and you can see what others are watching as a way of getting you in the mood.
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Not content to be merely the instigators of Skype, inventors Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis’ (who sold it to eBay for $2.6 billion in 2005) latest venture is Joost, a free service for TV viewing on the Internet. Like Skype, it involves downloading free software and browsing for channels and clips. The service will be ad-supported, but less frequently and briefer than on regular TV.
Already faced with such competition such as YouTube and BitTorrent, as well as DVR Tivo and re-router Slingbox, Friis claims it is the logical successor to both Skype and Kazaa (which he also co-created.) Currently in a limited beta test, plans are being made to incorporate its Luxembourg-based TVP Holdings in New York, London, and the Netherlands under the Joost name.