Miro Internet TV Blog - Archive for July, 2008

Firefox to Support Open Video Format in Next Release

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Chris Blizzard reports from this week’s Mozilla Summit: Firefox will natively support the Ogg Theora video format!

The Ogg Theora format is a codec (like .mp3 or .mp4), but it’s different than most. The majority of codecs make software developers liable for expensive royalty fees when their programs can create or play back the patented media format. Ogg Theora is completely patent and royalty free.

Anyone using Firefox will be able stream Ogg Theora video without downloading or installing any extra software. Mozilla will never be liable to pay patent licensing fees for the codec. Website creators will be able to embed Ogg Theora videos using simple html

We will likely see this in the next release of Firefox.

This is incredibly exciting news and may be the defining stroke that eventually cracks the closed codec oligopoly. The open codec movement and transition will take time to mature, but we’ll be advocating all the more strongly for these open formats!

Note: Miro currently supports Ogg Theora video

Migrating Madness: Moving the Help and Forums

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

This change in forum software is Big as in DipperWe recently moved our help and support forums to a cool service called Get Satisfaction — they make it super easy to search for answers, ask questions, and see what other people are talking about. Signing up is easy, and your log-in works with other nifty company pages too. Our buddies at Mozilla are on there, along with some other cool internet names.

Here’s the deal though: We need your help!

As you know, Miro is the main project of a small non-profit organization. Our user base means a lot to us. You’re the ones submitting cool channels in the Guide, request new features, and make Miro the awesome app that it is!

Our Legacy Forums still contain a lot of useful information, and for that reason they’ll stay open for you browse and search as a knowledge resource, but you should definitely check out the new digs. Come introduce yourself!

Hiring: Ad Sales Director

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Just as non-profit Mozilla is able to support it’s work on Firefox with ad deals like their partnership with Google, we are hopeful that over the long run the Participatory Culture Foundation will also be able to support itself and grow with business income. We have a couple experiments in motion that need an experienced and professional ad executive to really take off.

We’re hoping to bring someone onto the team who is experienced in online ad sales and capable of building the kind of high quality sponsorship relationships that we need. We’re looking for someone with a great track record in ad sales, who also cares about the Miro mission. You’ll be getting in on the ground floor of something amazing, using your skills to transform us from a cash strapped non-profit into a sustainable mission driven organization. If you have world-class experience and are interested in helping truly open internet video grow, we’d love to hear from you. Experience with Green / LOHAS advertising markets is especially helpful.

The full job description is here. Please encourage anyone who fits the bill to email their resume and a brief letter of introduction to jobs@pculture.org.

New Channels: Free Culture TV and Yes, We’re Open!

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Hello again, I’m Parker Higgins, of the Miro summer team. Today I’m unveiling two brand new channels to the Miro guide. Without further ado, I present Free Culture TV and Yes, We’re Open! Free Movies, Music Videos and TV.

The goal of these channels is to showcase interesting and entertaining material from all over the internet that’s been released under open licenses. Free Culture TV is more specialized, and will contain programming from the Free Culture movement: documentaries, lectures, or short films that address the struggle against a permissions-based society. Yes, We’re Open! will have all kinds of entertainment, from feature length movies to documentaries, shorts, music videos, and anything else you can imagine, all openly licensed.

So, what is open licensing? Open licensing is an alternative to the “all rights reserved” associated with copyright. When people assign an open license to their work, they are giving the public certain rights, like the freedom to copy and distribute, or to remix and mash up, depending on the terms of the license. One popular example are the Creative Commons licenses, which are applied to many of the videos in these channels.

I’m still working on uncovering the best streams of content, so if you know of any real gems, please drop me a line at parker[at]pculture[dot]org. You can subscribe in Miro by using the following links:

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