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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Joost Has Competition: Babelgum Offers Professional Quality Video Content too

Babelgum, the dark horse candidate in the Internet TV space, is the only serious competition that Joost faces at the moment. Like Joost, Babelgum is based on a downloadable P2P application that provides high resolution video from professional content producers.

Right now, all of the content on Babelgum is swept into nine broad categories, including news, music, lifestyle, sport, and fiction. In other words, there are only nine channels you can watch. This basically kills the idea of channel surfing and makes it seem like the amount of content on Babelgum is very limited (maybe it really is).

One thing this video platform has going for it is a very intuitive user interface, which Joost lacks. To control the application, you use a remote control-like panel that lets you change channels, adjust the volume, zoom in and out, and switch from windowed to full screen mode.

The system requirements for Babelgum are about the same as for Joost. A fast Internet connection is helpful.

At the moment, a limited number of application downloads is being allowed each day during Babelgum's open beta. If you miss the window of opportunity, feel free to ask us for an invite in the comments below. Just leave us your email address in the body of the comment.


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