Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for January, 2008

Revision3, TED Conference, and Deutsche Welle Announce Custom Miro Players

Thursday, January 31st, 2008


Today we’re rolling out the very first co-branded Miro players. This isn’t just a big day for Miro– this is a new model for online video distribution. These custom players enable companies and organizations to get viewers subscribed to all of their content in one click, while dramatically lowering the cost and complexity of extending their presence to the desktop. Having a specialized desktop video application used to require big resources, and only well funded ventures like Apple, NBC, Joost, Veoh, or BBC had them. Now, however, any publisher has access.

The benefits are huge. Instead of a multi-million dollar programming project, these organizations can take advantage of what we’ve already built. But even more exciting is the benefit to viewers: every custom player is also a fully-functioning Miro. Viewers will get their Revision3 content pre-installed, but they can also add channels from anywhere else. It’s the simplicity and branding of a custom-built and the flexibility of an open platform. We are thrilled with this model.

Three partners are announcing their players today and more are launching in February.

First is the TED Conference– the ultra-elite tech conference that offers some of the most compelling talks in the world for free download. A perfect Miro partner. The TED player is available today from their website and will be given out on a cute USB stick to every attendee at this year’s conference. Here’s TED’s announcement on their blog.

Second is the Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international public broadcaster. They are offering lots of RSS feeds of content and a co-branded player is a perfect match for them (after the US, Miro is most popular in Germany).

Third is Revision3, the amazing online television network. Revision3 has set a standard for online-targeted video shows and seems to be growing fast. They are still putting the finishing touches on their Miro player, but it will be ready for download soon.

You can download the TED and Deutsche Welle players (and soon the Revision3 player) on our premier co-branding partner page.

If your organization or company is interested in a co-branded player, please see this page for details. And the press release for today’s announcement is here: Co-Branded Premier Press Release.

Be a Miro Intern This Summer

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

We are looking for 2 programming and 1 marketing / outreach intern for this summer. These are unpaid positions, but offer great experience with one of the most popular open-source programs in the world and a unique, fast-growing non-profit. We have an office in Worcester, MA, but most of our staff works from home around the world and we expect the same will be true of our interns– you don’t have to live in Worcester. We will expect you to work 30 hours a week for at least 9 weeks and to file a weekly progress report. Following your internship, we will happily serve as job references and provide written recommendations.

The programming interns will work on a variety of projects 2008 Intern Projects.

The marketing / outreach intern will focus on grassroots outreach to users, blogs, and reporters. We will develop a specific strategy with you in the months leading up to the start of your work.

TO APPLY: If you are interested in one of these positions, please email jobs (at) pculture.org. Include a resume and a brief note about why you would like to work for us.

p.s. If your school gives credit for internships, we’re happy to work with you to make this count for credit.

Slick New Channel Details Interface

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

We just rolled out a fresh new interface for displaying channel details in the Miro Guide.

Channel Interface
check it out

We’ve got lots of cool Miro Guide features coming up, thanks to Paul’s hard work (he is the PCF developer who is working on the guide).

First, he’s working on a language switching interface. Lots of Miro users don’t speak English as their primary language, and and there’s a ton of room to improve the current non-English experience. If you have any input or examples of good language switching interfaces, please let us know.

After that, it’s on to the long awaited personalized channel recommendations (based on the way you rate channels). We’re pumped!

“Torrent performance is the best I’ve seen on a Mac”

Monday, January 14th, 2008

We’ve had a great response to Miro 1.1. Here’s a nice mention I saw today:

Cult of Mac wrote: The amazing video application Miro was just updated with a new Torrent engine in version 1.1, and it is incredibly fast. If you haven’t had the pleasure of using Miro, it’s like VLC plus BitTorrent plus an RSS reader — and also a phenomenal program guide. And now it’s significantly better — the Torrent performance is the best I’ve seen on a Mac.

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