Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for March, 2008

Help Us Keep Building Miro

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Today we are launching a major fundraising campaign to support Miro. If you believe, like we do, that an open video distribution system is vital to the free speech and innovation online, please show us your support.

Now is a crucial time for us and we urgently need your support. Please read our pitch and, if you can, make a donation.


And please help us reach new donors– pass along this page to anyone you know who may be interested in helping build truly open media online.

We’re on the Front Page of Download.com Today

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

We’re front and center today at Download.com (I believe this is only viewable to folks using Windows). Sweet.

Edit: After publishing this post, it looks like they made us the front page for Mac and Linux users too (check the comments)!


Adobe Adds DRM to Flash Player

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Adobe is making room for old business models in new technology; they recently announced Digital Rights Management (DRM) integration with their server software. This will allow publishers to dictate users’ every interaction with media and will be integrated across Adobe’s platforms. This is horrible news for consumers and free speech — in addition to creating false scarcity, it limits our ability to effectively comment on mainstream media.

Aside from being anti-free speech and bad for consumers, the added DRM is even more damaging to the open web than Flash video currently is. Right now, putting video inside Flash Player makes it difficult and sometimes impossible for search engines, aggregators, and feed services to index and parse. Adding DRM will exaggerate these difficulties and will also make each of these practices illegal, without explicit permission from the originating website.

Imagine a web where Google had to get permission from each website to add its contents to their search results. The legal issues are because of a US law, called the DMCA, which makes it illegal to tamper with encryption, even when you’re making fair use of the underlying media.

This story is particularly alarming because of our growing dependence on Adobe products for web video publishing and playback. However, there is a bright side to the story — just look at the history of DRM. Consumers have been rejecting it for as long as it has been produced, because it interferes with their ability to use media in ways they normally expect. As a result, major record labels have realized that DRM hurts their businesses and have mostly given up on it.

Miro has a crush on Revision3: co-branded player launches

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Revision3 has launched their co-branded Miro Player! As if that wasn’t nice enough of them, they’ve put it all over their front page too, www.revision3.com. Here’s the official press release.

All I have to say is that Revision3 is a great group. They’ve been a blast to work with and they are psyched about Miro. Their co-branded player allows anyone who wants to get Revision3 content delivered directly to their desktop in high def (or low def for that matter) to just download the app and be instantly subscribed. It’s available on both Mac and Windows. If you’ve already got Miro, but want to check out Revision3′s shows, you can browse and subscribe to all of them right now by clicking this button:

As far as we’re concerned, this is just gravy. We’re looking forward to working with Revision3 on an ongoing basis, as we continually improve the co-branded player’s capabilities to give users a more interactive and immersive experience.

This is just another example of Miro increasingly becoming a tool that empowers both publishers and their audiences. Our co-branded players give publishers power over their own content while maintaining the user’s flexibility. Someone who downloads the Revision3 player sees Revision3 content front and center every time they start the application. That’s good, because they love Revision3 content. They can also, however, use the same application to browse and grab video channels from all over the web, and subscribe to anything they please from anywhere.

The Miro team is really excited about this, and we’re really happy to have had a chance to work with the great folks over at Revision3.

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