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How much bandwidth does Joost use?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-May-2007 14:08

I am receiving lots of requests for Joost invites, which is cool. Keep them coming in the other post please!


But I wanted to point out this entry in their FAQ:


How much bandwidth does the application use?

IMPORTANT NOTICE for users with limits on their internet usage

You need to read this carefully if:

- you have an upper limit on your monthly internet usage, or
- you pay for internet usage as you go (i.e. you pay per megabyte you download, instead of a flat fee).

Joost is a streaming video application, and so uses a relatively high amount of bandwidth per hour. In one hour of viewing, approximately 320MB data will be downloaded and 105MB uploaded, which means that it will exhaust a 1GB cap in 10 hours.

Windows users should note that the application continues to run in the background after you close the main window. For this reason, if you pay for your bandwidth usage per megabyte or have your usage capped by your ISP, you should be careful to always exit Joost client completely when you are finished watching it.

To stop using bandwidth, you need to exit the application entirely...



This is particularly sad for New Zealand users, because there are no true unlimited plan with decent bandwidth available in this country...

So, beware of the usage when running Joost.

UPDATE: Please note these figures are Mb (megabit) not MB (megabyte), Gb (gigabit) not GB (gigabyte). Therefore 1Gb (gigabit) = 128 MB (megabytes). So Joost should use about 128 MB (megabytes) every ten hours.

UPDATE: I've contacted the Joost support through their forums and the Joost FAQ is incorrect. It's actually supposed to be MB (megabytes) and GB (gigabytes). I am updating the blog to reflect this. Note then that you will burn about 435 MB/hour with Joost!









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