Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for July, 2007

In Open Video, User-Centric is Key (pt I)

Monday, July 30th, 2007

We are constantly pushing the notion of the user as the point of aggregation. This means that the user collects sources of video together from multiple hosting sites.

People sometimes ask me why we think this user-centric approach is key to democratizing online video. The alternative hosting-centric approach — YouTube, Veoh, etc — means that viewers end up visiting just a handful (or maybe only one) of dominant video publishing sites.

When video is hosting-centric, people have no alternative but to visit individual publishing sites. And they naturally gravitate towards the largest and most prominent site. This is true in other places on the internet — for example, how many successful virtual auction sites can you name?

When hosting sites act as aggregators, video producers are forced to either publish to all the popular sites or risk being invisible. It makes absolutely no sense for a single video to be published twice, let alone five or ten times! Treating the user as the point of aggregation pretty much solves this one — publishers can make video available from the single location (of their choice), while maintaining access to a substantial audience. This is how the rest of the web works — individuals can create a blog or webpage on any host and have an equal shot at being seen.

The user centered model is clearly more democratic — no matter where or how a video is published, the viewer can find and watch it. One of our goals with Miro is to make all of the video on the web equally accessible. Where the video is hosted shouldn’t matter to the viewer.

It’s not likely that we’ll see a video site with the total dominance of ebay, however, it certainly isn’t impossible. We’re confident that our user-centric approach makes a monopoly even more remote. That means more access for viewers and more freedom for creators.

Website Translations Updated (but more help is needed)

Monday, July 30th, 2007

We’ve just posted some translations of the front page of getmiro.com, for the first time since the Miro launch. We haven’t finished making the whole front page translatable yet and we’re planning to make more and more pages translatable, but this is a start. You can help translate the GetMiro.com website here.

Lots of new translating has been happening on Miro the application but we could always user more help there as well. Thanks again to all the translators– folks really appreciate your work.

Video Sharing = Miro Channel

Friday, July 27th, 2007

If you have a YouTube account, then you have a Miro Channel. The same is true for many video sharing services, including blip.tv, DailyMotion, Revver and Vimeo.

Use the Feed Finder

We created this feed finding tool to help you unearth your latent Miro Channel (RSS feed). Just plug in your username and choose the video sharing service you use.


Make it Easy: 1-Click Subscribe Button

Once you’ve got your RSS feed, paste it into our 1-click subscribe button maker.

Copy the resulting html into your blog, myspace page, or other site and make it easy for people to subscribe to your videos.

1click 1click

SPARC Video Contest

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is running a contest for videos / mashups that demonstrate the importance of media sharing. You can see details and enter here: SPARC Video Contest.

Fair use, reuse, and other issues of open media sharing are crucial to freedom of speech in a digital world. But they are also issues that very few people have much of a grasp on. If you can find a way to articulate why this stuff is so important, we need to hear your voice and that’s why SPARC is running this contest. Take a look.

Looking for something?