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Miro Arrives

Miro is the paradigm-changing, web, Bittorrent, and RSS-enabled video player application for all three major platforms, formerly known as “Democracy Player.”

As the primary project of the Participatory Culture Foundation, its goal is very lofty: to ensure that when television migrates to the internet, it is available in an open format, open source, open access form. This notion could fundamentally change web television in ways that make it far more egalitarian and far more democratic and far more interesting than the corporate product delivered today.

Accompanying its recent name change and version update (just shy of 1.0, they are being cautious in using that moniker), I’ve started a Facebook group on behalf of the project to help in its marketing efforts. It’s an open group, so please join in and contribute there!

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2 Responses to “Miro Arrives”

  1. JZA Says:
    July 20th, 2007 at 2:13 am

    I wonder if that is a substancial goal. Everytime I think about regular TV into the internet I think about bringing britney spears to on-line masses. I am not sure if TV has enough quality than what we have right now on the net. And if you say that is quality? Then I will have to argue how would this make sense for a multimillion dollar network.
    TV is not free as in open source, is more free as in freeware since they make their money out of advertising like what we already have on the internet.

  2. Benjamin Horst Says:
    July 20th, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    JZA – I definitely agree with you about the quality of most television options.

    But in a way, what Miro is doing is the opposite: it is taking the internet, and bringing it to television. It facilitates finding and watching all of the user generated video content out there, so that accessing it is no harder than watching a normal TV program today. Niche programs, small budget productions, hard-to-find ideas and a broad set of languages are much easier to find in Miro than in a normal broadcast, cable or satellite TV lineup.