Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for April, 2008

Summer Marketing Internships @ PCulture and Miro

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

We have a great Summer Team in the works, and are excited to announce that we have space for 1-2 additional marketing / outreach interns. 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.

PCF has 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.

Members of the summer team will focus on some of the following:

  • Engaging the blogosphere and general press
  • Improving user support and help systems
  • Fundraising
  • Web development and design
  • Open video outreach and education
  • Sustainability and business development

TO APPLY: If you are driven, self-motivated, and want to sharpen your marketing and outreach skills, 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.

What happens when someone else controls what you already bought

Monday, April 28th, 2008

A lot of the anti-DRM discussion tends to focus on how much of a pain in the ass DRM is when customers buy content and want to use it on different computers or other devices. But an even bigger problem hits when a company inevitably decides to switch to a different DRM system, goes out of business, or discontinues a service. last100 has a great post about 5 Companies that Sold Customers Down the DRM River. It’s a word of warning to anyone considering buying content with DRM.

Non-Profits: Make your custom version of Miro here.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

We launched the Miro customization and co-branding program earlier this year in order to give video producers a tool for simple, integrated distribution of many podcasts. We’ve had interest from lots of non-profits looking for simple ways to distribute video content online and we’ve always wanted to offer the co-branding service to them for free. These have included both public broadcasters and organizations that do independent media and activism.

Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to serve all of these non-profits because we haven’t had enough people to work with them. Rather than throwing up our hands, we’ve built a simplified, externally facing version of our co-branding tool especially for non-profit organizations. Now, any non-profit can get a co-branded version of Miro for free that will automatically update to include the latest Miro features.

If you are a non-profit and would like to have a custom version of Miro for your organization – “Miro – MyGroup Edition” – you can make it now. It will come pre-subscribed to your channels and with your own startuppage. It’s a great way to turn visitors to your website into subscribers.

Miro Non-Profit Co-Brander

This is one of the things I love about working for Miro: we’re able to do projects like this that are focused directly on serving our mission and helping non-commercial broadcasters reach an audience. It’s exactly why we’re here.

As usual, for-profit companies should contact us about co-branding opportunities. Email jessep@pculture.org for more info. Revision3, TED Conference, Deutsche Welle, and other companies and organizations are already offering custom versions of Miro with great results.

Update: Worcester, MA public access station WCCA has already used the custom Miro generator to make a “Public Access TV” version of Miro with feeds from stations around the country. Download the player or just those station feeds here.

Miro 1.2.3 released: YouTube mp4s, bugs fixes, and updates

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

We’ve just released version 1.2.3 of Miro. Download it here.

What’s new:

* When you download videos from YouTube (whether by search or in a YouTube feed), we get an MP4 rather than a FLV, if it’s available. The video quality of the MP4s is much higher.

* Updated translations in lots of languages.

* We’ve updated the linux version to Mozilla 1.9.

* We’ve updated VLC on Windows to 0.8.6f (security fix).

* Bug fixes

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