Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for October, 2006

Firewall problems?

Monday, October 16th, 2006

There are some firewall configurations that prevent Democracy Player from launching on Windows. If you have a firewall installed and can’t get Democracy Player to launch, we’d love to hear from you so that we can learn more about which firewalls are causing problems. We hope to have workaround info available soon.

Democracy Player 0.9.1 RC1

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Last night we built a new release candidate for 0.9.1– this is RC1. Get it here: Democracy nightlies and please, please, please, let us know if you have any problems whatsoever.

I think we’ve had better process on this release than ever before. In the past, we’ve had a whole bunch of release candidates as we find and fix things, but this time we’ve only found a couple new bugs– a crash, a BitTorrent freeze, and some other minor stuff. If we don’t find anything new, we might be able to go right to a release.

Also, today is probably your last chance to translate before we ship this version. The interface is now at least partially translated into 33 languages. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get portions of the website translated soon as well (if there’s anyone that has experience setting up that kind of thing, we could really use the help).

0.9.1 Release Candidate

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

We’ve just posted a release candidate for Democracy Player 0.9.1. We’d love your help testing. Can you make it crash? Can you make it give an error? Get it here: Democracy nightlies.

Make a bug reportTry our testing walkthrough

Community/Local Government Content on Democracy

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

We recently received a message from an enthusiastic individual. He is very excited about Democracy’s potential as a platform for local government video. He requested a message, to forward to officials in his community, explaining how Democracy can help them engage their constituents. We agree that there is a lot of potential here, so we wrote the letter — it turned out pretty good, so we decided to share it with all of you.

If you’re interested in using Democracy in this capacity, give the following a try: find the addresses of some of your local elected officials, fire up your printer and shoot off a letter or three. If you’re resourceful, you might even be able to score a small grant, in order to sart your own community channel.

A Letter for Local Government and Community Organizations (pdf, doc, odt)

Community Organizers/Leaders,

Democracy is a fully functional internet TV system that is perfect for grassroots and municipal channels. Democracy is a free and open source internet TV system built by a non-profit (501c3) organization called the Participatory Culture Foundation. PCF is working hard to deliver free and equal access to tools for both creating and watching internet TV channels. Democracy Player is a free application that allows any person to easily find, automatically manage, download, and watch internet TV channels. Additionally, Democracy has an open channel guide, that allows any organization to creating a freely accessible internet TV channel. Publishing a channel is, relatively speaking, easy and can be done for little to no money (all the necessary tools are freely available on the internet, it’s just a matter of finding someone who knows how to upload your videos). We encourage you to embrace open standards internet TV, as yet another great way to engage your community.

Take a look at:


The Participatory Culture Foundation

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