Joost streaming video application appears for the iPhone

Summary:The TechCrunch post on Joost for the iPhone came across my Twitter feed so I quickly launched iTunes and found the free Joost application. The application started up and looked promising on my WiFi connection, but I found the same issues that TechCrunch did with the application unable to play movies.

Joost streaming video application appears for the iPhone
The TechCrunch post on Joost for the iPhone came across my Twitter feed so I quickly launched iTunes and found the free Joost application. The application started up and looked promising on my WiFi connection, but I found the same issues that TechCrunch did with the application unable to play movies.

After launching Joost you will see a display with icons for Joost Picks (starts out here), Popular, Browse, Search and More along the bottom. I browsed through the films and tried to watch Starship Troopers, but received the Playback Error. I then took the advice of a TechCrunch commenter and restarted my device to play back the Men in Black Joost Pick, but again that video failed.

Joost failure
I then decided to try something shorter and launched one of the music videos. It started playing and then the audio cut out when I tried turning the volume down and the play/pause button flashed on and off. I paused it and then pushed play again and it ran for a while before then again cutting out the volume and seeing the video get very choppy.

At this time I can't recommend the Joost application, but there is potential for it to be a decent video solution on the iPhone. I don't have an iPhone 3G to test playback over a non-WiFi connection so I am not sure if it will work over 3G. I would much prefer to see Hulu on the iPhone since there are many more shows there I want to watch than on Joost. I also look forward to a Slingplayer or HAVA mobile client for watching my own TV content on the go.

Topics: iPhone, Browser, Hardware, Mobility, Software Development

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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