Joost comes to Germany

US internet television platform Joost has launched a German-language offer. Thirteen media partners such as Süddeutsche Zeitung TV and Welt der Wunder will deliver several hundred hours of German-language content for the service’s debut.

Feature films such as Rush Hour, American History X, Blade and Mr Nice Guy will also be available free of charge in the dubbed German version.

“We are speaking with all large media companies in the world. Germany is no exception,” Joost CEO Mike Volpi told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We’re starting with smaller content providers and have to thereby prove to the big ones that we are a valuable partner. I hope that we can then also get their content.”

Joost plans to finance through advertising screened before the videos are played. The advertising revenue is shared between Joost and content providers. The web portal, which was launched in May 2007, is backed by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the founders of internet telephony service Skype and peer-to-peer file sharing platform KaZaA.