Online Video – Download, Plugins, and Client Software

Om Malik has an exclusive story about Joost moving away from downloadable client software to downloadable plugin for their proprietary video sharing platform.

From Om Malik at GigaOm.com
In what is likely to be a major shift in the company’s strategy, peer-to-peer startup Joost is going to stop making its desktop client. The decision to suspend the client is likely to be announced soon, I am told. The company is going to a browser-only strategy, in which much of its content is going to be available through a browser-based player.

Joost, I am told, will release a small plugin that would embed itself in the browser and allow you to grab files using the P2P technologies. The web client is likely to have better quality than average video sites.

Update: Video and sreenshots of the new Joost service.