Joost gets $45 million in financing

On-demand video site says plans for the money include speeding up product development and expanding globally.

Online video network Joost has received $45 million in funding from a group led by Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Also investing were: Li Ka-shing, chairman of Hutchison Whampoa and Cheung Kong Holdings; Viacom; and CBS. The two media companies also are providing content to the site.

The money will be used to "accelerate product development, global expansion, localization and service offerings," according to a statement from Joost. The company was launched by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the founders of Skype and Kazaa.

Featured Video

Google Cardboard getting an upgrade?

The virtual reality headset may come in a new form this year. Meanwhile, the Super Bowl was streamed online in record numbers, and there are theories to why Venmo had troubles after the big game.

by Bridget Carey