Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for May, 2006

Media That Matters Festival now showing

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The Media That Matters – Sixth Annual Film Festival premieres tonight in New York City, composed of 16 short social-issue documentary films and organized by the terrific non-profit Arts Engine (related to MediaRights). You can watch all the short films on the Festival’s site, but get the whole experience by subscribing to the MediaRights channel (copy this feed or search the Channel Guide) in Democracy player, if you’re not already subscribed… the video quality is remarkable. MediaRights uses Broadcast Machine’s BitTorrent publishing option to feed these videos into Democracy player– you can check out the gallery and download any of the torrents.

This is actually one of the great things about internet TV: it works really well for longer-form, higher-quality video. If you’re an independent creator putting out something longer or episodic, internet TV channels allow you to build a regular audience and community around your work. You’re free to publish high-resolution video, the kind that can effortlessly engage viewers, the kind that’s so much more enjoyable when it’s not crammed in a web browser.

All the films look interesting, but in particular check out “In Transit” from our friends B.J., Nelson, and Louis. It’s a six-minute version of their feature-length documentary LUMO: A Light in the Congo: “LUMO is a documentary about the lives of rape survivors in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo as they work with medical staff and counselors to regain their health and dignity.” It’s easy to talk in the abstract about the power of video to open up people’s understanding in a nuanced yet immediate way — but it makes total sense when watching the young Congolese woman LUMO deal with a hugely affecting situation, watching this amazing documentary footage of peoples’ lives in the city of Goma.

All 16 of the films in this year’s Media That Matters Festival are now up on the MediaRights channel — check them out and share them with friends, and check this events calendar to see when the Festival might be showing near you (including dates in D.C., S.F. and more in NYC). Compelling internet TV is absolutely here today.

Democracy on the BBC and CBC

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

The Democracy platform has received some nice coverage recently in shows by the BBC and CBC about the rise of internet video. Here are the links where you can watch the segments online.

The BBC’s piece is from their programme “Click,” and it’s called “The viral video online revolution” — here’s the accompanying article, and to launch the video just click the link in the right-hand sidebar that says “Watch Online” (the ‘Beeb’ requires Windows Media or Real Player). Coverage of user-created online video begins around minute 13 of the piece, and coverage of the Democracy platform begins around minute 14:45, showing some footage from the open-submissions documentary project by MediaRights around immigrants’ rights that used the Democracy platform.

The CBC’s piece is from their program “The End” and it’s called “The End of TV” — here’s the accompanying article, and here’s the page with the video, just click on the video camera next to the program title at the bottom of the page (the ‘Ceeb’ requires QuickTime or Windows Media). Coverage of Democracy begins around minute 13, or a bit past the midpoint of the progress bar. Lots of interesting interviews in this piece…thoughts from Amanda Congdon, J.D. Lasica, Cory Doctorow, and others.

Speaking of the explosive growth of online video, here’s a quick case study: Rocketboom’s daily (!) viewership spiked from 50,000 in September 2005 to 100,000 in December 2005 to 200,000 by January 2006 to 250,000 by April 2006 — which still isn’t counting total downloads of a given episode, which top 300,000 and often go over a million. Wow.

Broadcast Machine early adopters

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Take a look at a couple of the folks that have upgraded their Broadcast Machine install and are rocking the new themes:

Blogacine iTV

Le Tourant


Since the big update to Broadcast Machine last week, we’ve found and fixed a few more bugs. The latest version is now #23. Get Broadcast Machine here.

Democracy in Wired Magazine

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Democracy got a nice writeup in the May issue of Wired Magazine. Pretty cool. Here’s the online version. Here’s what they say:

Want to see the future of Net video? Download the open source Democracy Player from the Participatory Culture Foundation, a renegade nonprofit code shop. The app lets you subscribe to RSS channels, download in the background via BitTorrent, and view most video formats in full-screen resolution. (The companion site, Video Bomb, offers RSS feeds for tons of clips.) With Democracy, a well-stocked BitTorrent tracker, and a little RSS fu, who needs a TiVo?


I scanned in the print version (click for bigger size):

democracy in wired

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