A couple of new things happened today in the brave new world of online TV. First of all, I noticed that Azureus’ deal with BBC worldwide had kicked in, on their new Beta channel. I saw an episode of The Mighty Boosh available to rent for 1 cent (nice price) and thought I would have me some of that random comedy. But no, Azureus had already clocked my location thatnks to my IP address, and I had a message saying “this content is not available to you” Why the hell not? I helped fund it through the licence fee!
After waiting quite a while for BBC on Azureus, this was a bit of a disappointment. Check out the online beta selection here. Great interface and love the video preview option, but the WMV codec, windows media player and IE6+ needed means as a Mac user I’m out. Oh well, they don’t get my cent. Onwards and upwards.
I went on to open Joost for the first time in about a month after being told there was a new version available. The last Mac OSX version kept crashing on exit, so I gave up on it. I don’t like anything that makes my Mac crash. A few channels have been added since I was last there, but again nothing for me in the UK! Whatever happened to the global village? I don’t particularly want to watch MTV, but I would like the choice. Check out the Joost channel selection here. So I consoled myself by watching a program about Ronaldo (the original one) on the “Soccer Channel”. It was crap but the best thing on Joost if you aren’t in the US, Benelux or the Nordic region. Hopefully this will change soon. A full review of Joost is just around the corner. I just figured out how to give out invites.