Since the 0.9.6 release of Democracy Player, we’ve had a rush of new channels submitted to the Channel Guide: we’ve approved something like 200 new channels in the past couple weeks. A big portion of these are HD feeds, which are becoming more and more common. We’ve just added two new features in the Guide that highlight this: we’re now showing an HD badge on the thumbnails of HD channels and we’ve added a new nav button along the top that shows just HD channels. You can see all this now in your Democracy Player. (note: there are at least a few channels that were marked as HD when submitted but are actually fairly low-resolution. We’re working to weed these out, but if you see anything that’s categorized incorrectly, let me know: nicholas – at – pculture.org.)
I often point out that far more people have HD displays on their computers than their TVs; even a relatively low-resolution computer monitor has many more pixels than a standard TV. Many new laptops and desktop LCD displays have resolutions much higher that any HD TV. The point is: if you’re interested in reaching viewers with HD video, you may be able to find a bigger audience online than on broadcast. And, of course, many more people have access to publishing online than on cable or broadcast.
In my opinion, Democracy Player offers by far the best HD experience anywhere online. HD is only possible with downloaded video (there’s just too much data for streaming to work), so it’s a great example of the quality advantage that video RSS offers.
If you publish a channel, consider offering an HD version of your feed. The viewing experience is incredible and you can continue to offer a lower-resolution channel if you like.