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Announcing Miro 1.1: Dramatically Faster BitTorrent

January 10th, 2008 by Nicholas Reville

I am very pleased to announce Miro 1.1: download it now.

There are two major improvements in this update.

First, we have dramatically improved performance for torrent downloading and we offer more settings and control (thanks to libtorrent). With this update, Miro is truly a powerhouse for torrent feeds, if I do say so myself. Torrents are still a difficult and mysterious technology for many users, despite the huge bandwidth savings they provide to publishers. We aim to make your torrent experience seamless at worst and invisible at best.

For example, Democracy Now! is a radio and television show that is very popular but only available in certain markets. With Miro, anyone with an internet connection can subscribe to an HD video torrent feed of the show with a single click and have the latest episode ready to watch each day. You simply cannot beat Miro for BitTorrent feeds.

The second new feature is a combined search that lets you get results from all 5 search engines at once. You can still choose a specific site to search if you prefer but this will give you broader results.

Other notable news:

a. We’re hiring! We have openings for a Fundraising Director and programmers.

b. We are about to launch our first round of Co-Branded Miro Players, with several well-known internet and media brands. If you are interested in a Co-Branded Player that comes with your company’s content and branding, see this page and be in touch.

37 Responses to “Announcing Miro 1.1: Dramatically Faster BitTorrent”

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  3. Jonas says:

    is there any plans on optimizing miro ?
    1. when opening a channel with 50 or more items in it it takes forever for it to show up, not to be an ass but i could have done it in c/c++ and it would have __much__ faster.
    2. downloading slows everything down too
    3. and what is this annoying process: convert.exe getting executed all the time ?
    4. C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Participatory Culture Foundation\
    has over 1000 files, many small files takes time to read or do anything with and slows down pc overall for the user ex virus scan, defrag, have you thought of using one/several big file?
    …i have more but you get the point, i hope…..
    i say lazy / sloppy work

    it’s a great app no doubt about that but it’s too slow and it has some bugs and settings that dont work but that i can ignore it’s the lack of speed im annoyed about.
    my pc (need-to-know basis):
    amd athlon xp 3200+ (2.2 ghz)
    windows xp pro sp 2
    2 gig ram

    ps: im still using miro, i still have _some_ faith left in the programmers

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  7. Marcus Estes says:

    Congrats, this is brilliant!

    Question: Will Miro read .torrent files within an RSS enclosure?

  8. Meneer R says:

    When can we expect the Ubuntu packages?

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  10. Nicholas Reville says:

    Marcus– yes, of course.

  11. will says:

    Meneer R — I’m working on 1.1 packages for Gutsy, Feisty and Dapper now and should be done in a few hours. Typically it takes an extra day to produce Ubuntu packages after a release… Probably because I’m a lazy/sloppy programmer. ;)

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  13. Renaud says:

    With my 150 rss feeds, Miro is so slow at start up that i am always hesitating when it is time to turn it off.
    It takes 10 to 15 minutes to get launched on my Powerbook 2.33 Ghz (2.6 Mhz memory)

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  15. Meneer R says:

    That’s great to hear! I wouldn’t call that sloppyness, since debian packaging isn’t one of the easiest ways of distrobuting packages. I mean: its very easy for us, very clean, lots of garantuees we can always uninstall, but as I understand it, its puts the burden on the packager.

  16. Meneer R says:


    I’m use another Miro user, and I can confirm some parts of it are very slow.
    I think this is due to usage of XUL. XUL requires to prerender everything, even the things you can’t see yet. And in that proccess it seems to be constantly recalculating the layout while adding video’s to the result-page..

    Perhaps for Miro 2 we can convice them to switch to http://clutter-project.org/
    Which will allow for the same kind of fancy OS-Neutral interface, but with great performance.
    It even comes with built-in video support. (That’s another dependency you can cross off your list, although XINE works fine)

    That would rid us of the horrible XUL stuff.

  17. will says:

    I thought I was going to have the ubuntu packages done today, but I hit a bunch of problems. I haven’t figured out whether they’re due to the new packaging scripts or something else, but I’m having difficulties. The biggest problem is that it takes 30 minutes or thereabouts to compile on the machines I have. So iterations are slow.

    I’ll try to get them out as soon as I can. Unless I have a breakthrough in the next 10 minutes, it’s looking like they’ll be out either really late tonight or tomorrow.

  18. Meneer R says:

    Interestingly a ./run.sh works fine here, but the torrents don’t run at all. Yet the ports are configured correctly, and deluge-torrent (which uses the same libtorrent) works like a charm on the exact same torrent-files.

    Is this the same issue you have been hitting? Or is the packaging itself that is creating problems..?

  19. Chris says:

    Great! Use Miro on my Mac and it’s a charm! Hope iPod video support is around the corner….

  20. will says:

    I released Gutsy packages for both i386 and AMD64 last night in our repository. I found a problem with Miro 1.1 that affects Dapper and Feisty, so packages for those two distributions will come out early next week.

  21. Meneer R says:

    Hi, will!.. torrent problems remained with your packages. Opening the exact same torrent-file (using the link from within miro itself to that file) opened in deluge and worked fine.

    Deluge and miro were not configured to use the same ports. But all ports were open.
    All torrents got stuck in the ‘starting up’ fase.

    When I removed my .miro directory and purged the gconf-keys, it _did_ work.
    Now I will slowly add my old settings back, to see if the problem re-appears.

    Therefor, i can currently come up with three possible reasons for the problem
    – certain download settings break it
    – upgrading of the download settings break it
    – something else went wrong the moment I tried to download these torrents for the first time and the corrupted data (about peers and trackers perhaps?) remained

  22. Robert P says:

    I agree with some of the other commentators that slow performance is the number 1 metabug with miro. Startup is very slow. I also find that miro uses more cpu than I would like, although perhaps this is normal for bittorrent peers – I don’t know enough about these things myself. Meneer R (above) has suggested a way forward on this. I hope it works out.

    1.1 has just turned up on my ubuntu automatic update. I look forward to using it.

  23. prk1934 says:

    downloaded and installed update 1.1. Now I have lost my sound track to miro videos.

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  25. GoatTuber says:

    Ooooh. That search limitation (one site at a time) has been bugging me. I can’t wait to try out 1.1!

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  27. Tom says:

    Miro still caps the number of seeding files to 10 files. Now also getting both the two versions of the file in my library folder on Miro (e.g., film_name.avi and film_name.avi.torrent)

  28. will says:

    If you are having problems, please talk about them on #miro, #miro-hackers, the forums or in Bugzilla. There are too many places to check for problems, so it’s very likely that issues being reported in oddball places won’t show up on anyone’s radar.

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  31. echnaton says:

    Why is there still now Debian Package of Miro 1.1, but a Ubuntu one?

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