Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for March, 2008

Announcing Miro 1.2 – A Major Update

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

We’ve just released a major update to Miro, version 1.2.

Grab it now: Download Miro

This version adds lots of tweaks and bug fixes that make Miro smoother and slicker. It also lays the groundwork for some big improvements that are coming soon. Version 1.2 is the best Miro yet.

Some of What’s New in Miro 1.2

  • On Windows, we updated to XULRunner 1.9, which brings memory and performance improvements.
  • We’ve added a much-requested preference to set new channels to not auto-download.
  • New preferences for tweaking number of simultaneous auto-downloads and torrent seeding.
  • Important re-architecting of the frontend and backend code.
  • Lots of bug fixes and tweaks.
  • On OSX, we updated to Perian 1.1.
  • On Windows, the Miro installer is now much simpler and prettier.
  • Improved support for Flash in Channel Guide pages.
  • Improved translations for dozens of languages.
  • All of what’s new in Miro 1.2

What’s New in the Miro Guide

The Miro Guide is an integral part of the Miro experience. The Guide has had a couple big updates since the last release of Miro.

  • Personalized Recommendations: rate channels and get personal recommendations of other channels you’d like. It works great!
  • ‘Archival’ indicator: when a channel hasn’t updated in a few months, we mark it as ‘Archival’ so you’ll know that it’s getting a little stale.
  • The channel display page has been totally re-designed.
  • Nearly 4,000 channels now available!
  • Miro Feature List

Got 3 seconds to spare? Digg Miro 1.2

CBC to offer TV show via bittorrent

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

This is really exciting. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will be posting the next episode of “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister” with BitTorrent (here’s the announcement). That in itself is cool, but there’s more: they say that the inspiration for the project came from reading Cory Doctorow’s (a Miro board member) post about how the NRK in Norway was having great success this way and saving thousands of dollars a month. NRK recommends Miro and does most of their BitTorrent distribution through Miro, since it’s the easiest way for folks to download and watch BitTorrent videos.

This is the first trickle of what could be a rush of video publishers, tv stations, and public broadcasters using BitTorrent to save money and reach a wide audience with high quality video. This is exactly the kind of thing Miro was created to enable! We believe every publisher should be able to reach thousands and even millions of people with HD video and low bandwidth costs.

Here’s more about TV shows distributing video with BitTorrent and Miro:

HD TV Series Mass-Distributed for Price of an iPhone

Democracy Now! Saves $1,000 a month with bittorrent

YouTube deletes incredible video parodies

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Some of my favorite internet videos ever are now one of the best demonstrations of what’s wrong with having a single big corporation control internet video. YouTube has yanked the StSanders videos of bad guitar playing overdubbed on famous guitar players in concert. It’s impossible to explain with words what makes these videos so incredibly well done and hilarious. But it’s easy to explain what YouTube is doing: censorship. Any claim that this is a copyright violation is baloney: this is a textbook case of fair use and they know this.

Instead, Google / YouTube has pulled these videos down because it’s the safer corporate decision. Since YouTube is still the absolutely dominant online video host (four times more popular than the closest competition), this action largely removes these videos from public view. This is how free speech slowly slips away online. And this is why we’re trying to build a decentralized platform for online video.

Testing the Miro 1.2 Release Candidate Builds

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Last week we started the release candidate testing for Miro 1.2. We got some good feedback with the regression testing , made some more important fixes and posted rc1 last night.

We are hoping that rc1 will be the last testing build before release and we could really use your help.

If you take a look at the latest post on the miro testing blog, it will give you some extra information about the fixes and enhancements that are in this release.


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