Building up to the full commercial launch, Joost adds Turner to its content mix.
From the AP business wire:
“Joost, a company attempting to broadcast television via the Internet, said Tuesday it had signed several new content distribution agreements, including one with Turner Broadcasting System Inc. to show CNN news and interview programs.
In Tuesday’s deal, Joost said it will air episodes of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Robot Chicken” from Turner’s Adult Swim network, while it would air “Larry King Live,” among other news and interview programs from Turner’s CNN, which is owned by Time Warner Inc.
Joost also announced several other content deals Tuesday: Sony will run episodes of several old TV series including “Charlie’s Angels” and “Starsky & Hutch” on Joost; Sports Illustrated will run photo shoots and programs about its swimsuit issue; the National Hockey League will broadcast vintage games and game highlights; and Hasbro will run old episodes of “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe.”
From the press release (via Lost Remote):
“Dennis Quinn, executive vice president of business development for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. said, “With Joost, we have the unique opportunity to reach and engage new and existing fans of Turner programming through an innovative platform. Online distribution is extremely important to Turner, and with Joost we are confident that our programming is secure and distributed in the high-quality format that is true to our brands.”
Janus Friis, co-founder of Joost, said, “The ability to make Joost a viable business, versus just a cool technology or viewer experience lies in our ability to bring together advertisers, content owners and viewers. Our business model was developed with the interests of our viewers and partners at the core. It’s exciting for us to enter this phase and truly begin executing on our vision.”