Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for February, 2006


Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

We’re ready to go– the first Windows version of Democracy Player (formerly DTV) is now available on our new website Get Democracy. This is version 0.8, still a beta, and it’s got some known bugs. But it’s pretty fun and we’re working on bug fixes. The Mac version was also updated today to 0.8.

The Mac and Windows versions now offers two cool new features: 1. Built-in web video search: you can use Yahoo Video or Blogdigger, and 2. Video Bomb support: you can click on a bomb link on any video you’ve downloaded to either bomb it or, if it hasn’t been submitted yet, submit it to Video Bomb (currently we open your browser to bomb, but tighter integration is on the way soon).

The Mac version also has a nice feature that Windows version doesn’t have yet: pause, fast forward, rewind controls when you’re in fullscreen mode. It looks really nice.

Now that we have an initial Windows version out the door, we are really cruising, both on a software development level and on a user level. On the software front, there were some big barriers along the road to a Windows version that slowed us down for a while. With a good foundation, we’re ready to get rid of the big bugs and then start adding more features. On a user front, we finally have something to offer the 90% of people that use Windows. Since we have a social mission, that means we can really begin our outreach and our efforts to build a community of users.

Finally, a big thanks to everyone that’s helped us get this far, you have been awesome. And thank you also to all those Windows users who were very patient while our release got pushed back and back. We’re, personally, really excited to reach one of our big goals today.

OK, now check out our new website: Get Democracy.

New Broadcast Machine Release

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

It’s been a couple of months since the last release of Broadcast Machine, and we’ve made a bunch of big changes. The biggest one is the use of ‘friendly URLs’ which will work with iTunes and other picky feed readers, and should also make your site more accessible for search engines like Google. This is still a somewhat experimental feature and requires a little bit of setup, but it works well everywhere that we have tried it out.

The other big addition is much-improved MySQL support – basically, all of your data can be stored in MySQL. This is great for larger sites, or sites that want to plug BM into their CMS or other tool, but if you’re running a site without much data, stick with the non-MySQL for now.

There are a bunch of bug fixes and other smaller improvements. In the future, expect to see a much-improved theme system as well as a new version of the BitTorrent code.

Thanks to all of the coders who submitted bug fixes and all of the users who have given us feedback – it’s been great!

Launch Prep Hyper Go (and Video Bomb updates)

Monday, February 20th, 2006

We’re all in over-drive here trying to get the Windows version of DTV ready for the launch tomorrow. But not just that, we’re also fixing things on the Channel Guide (design and functionality), we’re updating the icon for the app, and we’re trying to get out an updated Broadcast Machine release. But not just that, either: our two biggest non-DTV projects right now are a totally new website that will be homebase for the video player as well as the related tools like Video Bomb and Broadcast Machine, and we just made a bunch of key updates and fixes to Video Bomb.

Two new Video Bomb features: you can now email videos to a friend and you can also see other popular videos in the sidebar when you’re looking at one video. A couple nice additions that will help videos spread. Most importantly, we also added some basic functionality that will let people bomb videos from DTV– you’ll be able to try it tomorrow. It’s simple for now: when you click the bomb, you’ll switch to a browser that will take you to Video Bomb. Simple, but it works pretty well– we think it will get a lot more people bombing and sharing their bomb channels with their friends.

Now’s also a good time to give some shout outs to people that have swarmed around this release helping us get things in line: Dean has been kicking ass on the Channel Guide, adding channels and fixing problems for people – Andy has swooped in to fix Channel Guide bugs (even though he lives on a bus with his band!) – Morgan has heeded our call for some emergency design help on the new site and came through fast – Mike has been touching up the Channel Guide design to get things in place – Matt has been holding down channel moderation like a pro – and Tom is helping us get the new icon going. And that’s not even mentioning how much ass all the full-timers have been kicking– staying up all night, handling ten different projects at once. It’s been fun actually and I guess tomorrow is not going to be any slower…

Packages for Democracy Player for Linux

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Ben Dean-Kawamura has been doing an amazing job making a Linux version of DTV. He’s moving along very fast, but could use some help making packages. If you’d like to help with this, check out the developers list and get in touch with him.

It would be so cool if we had a Linux version ready on February 21 along with the Windows version…

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