And while Joost was trying to get its act together, online video was maturing, and competitors such as Hulu.com have changed the game considerably. Joost has other problems apart from its download client, mind you — one of the major ones being a lack of compelling content, something that Hulu has in spades. And there’s a direct relationship between that and Joost’s biggest problem, which is that the service is too much like regular TV: you can’t watch whatever you want, when you want, or download it or do anything else with it, because the networks and other content companies won’t let you.
It’s going to take a lot more than a switch from a desktop client to Web streaming to solve that problem. And as Webware reports, even though the new service will stream through your browser, you still have to install a pretty whopping plugin.