Joost launches German site

Internet TV service teams with Euro social network Netlog

COLOGNE, Germany -- Joost has launched a German version of its Internet TV service, partnering with European social network Netlog and signing partnerships with 11 German companies to deliver local-language content.

The content agreements include ones with production groups Welt der Wunder and Suddeutsche Zeitung TV as well as such television channels as Cartoon Network, euronews and music network Diva.

Such content deals are key to Joost's international rollout. Currently, copyright concerns mean the bulk of videos and television programming available on Joost is restricted to U.S.-based users.

"Joost plans to roll out localized offerings in a number of European countries," said Stacey Seltzer, Joost's senior vp business development and international content acquisition. "We're delighted that Germany is one of the first markets where we're able to partner with the best content and social networking partners."

The agreement with Netlog will allow the social network's users access to Joost and give them the ability to share, recommend and comment on the site's videos.
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