The Jooster can reveal that just two weeks after ordering its content to be pulled from YouTube, Viacom Inc. announced a broad licensing deal with Joost.
The deal, which follows the recent collapse of similar talks between Viacom and YouTube parent Google Inc., involves licensing hundreds of hours of programming from Viacom cable networks such as MTV, Comedy Central and Spike as well as movies made by the company's Paramount studios.
This really strengthens the Joost content line up, which we feel was looking pretty rock solid already with the announcement late last week, on the release of the new 0.8 beta version of a host of new content and channels.
- Documentaries from National Geographic
- Loud noise and fast cars from the Indy Racing League
- Healthy living programming from Lime
- A variety of reality series in the Lazy TV channel from Endemol
- Cartoons like Rocky and Bullwinkle in Saturday Morning TV (Classic Media)
- A lineup of independent film makers from IndieFlix
- More reality TV with the Bridezillas series from September Films
- Video gaming tricks and reviews form Gamestar
- Comical, irreverent and edgy programming from Bite TV
- And cool new Bollywood music videos from Savvn
Subject Line: Joost Unplugged!
Great news from the Joost Content Team. Today we're announcing a major
partnership with Viacom. Which will bring programming and lots of
channels from Viacom's key brands and properties available on Joost
on our imminent launch.
MTV will offer popular shows, both past and present, including Laguna
Beach, Beavis & Butthead, Real World, Punk'd and My Super Sweet
while COMEDY CENTRAL will feature episodes from Stella, CCP's
and Freak Show. Nickelodeon, CMT: Country Music Television,
MTV2, Logo, Spike TV, mtvU, and Gametrailers.com will also provide content.
VH1's offerings will include episodes of Flavor of Love,
Surreal Life, and I Love New York. BET's Networks' offerings will
include some of its biggest shows, including Beef, DMX: Soul of a Man,
Comic View and recent smash hit American Gangster.
Also, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage and Paramount Classics will be
providing full-length feature films from its catalog of classics and recent
This content isn't available yet. We're working hard on shipping,
transcoding and feeding the P2P network (and no, despite malicious
gossip to the contrary - engineering is not giving Star Trek or
Ren&Stimpy top priority) it will all be there for our launch.
Dw. -- Dirk-Willem van Gulik, CTO, Joost.