- Miro (software)
Miro 3.5 under Ubuntu, showing the Miro guide in the main window while playing a podcast.
Developer(s) Participatory Culture Foundation Initial release 21 February 2006, 11:42(0.8.0-rc4 = earliest known) Stable release  [+/−](August 10, 2011 ) Preview release +/−](n/a) [ Development status Active Written in Python using GTK Operating system Cross-platform
Mac OS X
Size ~2.0 MB (GNU/Linux)
15.28 MB (Mac OS X)
28.50 MB (Microsoft Windows)
9.28 MB (Source code)
Available in More than 40 languages Type Internet television
License GNU GPL v2 or later/GNU LGPL/BSD license (free software) Website getmiro.com
Miro (previously known as Democracy Player or DTV) is an Internet television application developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation. It is supported on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux. The program supports most known video files and offers sound and video, some in HD quality.
Miro can automatically download videos from RSS-based “channels”, manage them and play them. The application is designed to mesh with other PCF products such as Video Bomb, a social tagging video website, and the Channel Channel, a TV guide for Internet television.
Miro integrates an RSS aggregator and podcatcher, a BitTorrent client (based on libtorrent), and a media player (VLC media player under Windows, QuickTime under Mac OS X, and Xine Media Player or GStreamer under GNU/Linux). Since 2.0, Miro supports the adding of website bookmarks under the “Sites” category; by default, ClearBits.net is preloaded in Miro as a bookmark.
Examples of supported video files are QuickTime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID as a video player. It also supports RSS BitTorrent. When a new video is available, the program will notify and download if possible.
The application was first launched in 2005 as Democracy Player in 2006 (sometimes abbreviated as DTV) and Miro in 2007. Video searching of web-based video archives was included in 2007, with access to various archives changing over time.
Miro is mostly written in Python, although it links to various libraries written in a variety of languages. Versions through 2.x had an almost entirely HTML/CSS based UI. Miro uses embedded WebKit in a GTK window on Linux (Mozilla Gecko/XUL until 3.0.2), WebKit in a Cocoa window on OS X, and Mozilla in a XUL window on Windows. Since version 3.0, the Windows and Linux ports use GTK and the OS X port uses Cocoa. The embedded web browser is used only for web pages.
Release Date Features Democracy Player 0.8 February 2006 Democracy Player 0.8.1 March 9, 2006 Democracy Player 0.8.1a March 22, 2006 Democracy Player 0.8.2 April 16, 2006 Democracy Player 0.8.4.1 June 23, 2006 Democracy Player 0.8.5 July 20, 2006 Democracy Player 0.8.5.2 July 25, 2006 Democracy Player 0.8.5.3 August 4, 2006 Democracy Player 0.9.0 September 11, 2006 Democracy 0.9.0.1 September 16, 2006 Democracy Player 0.9.0.2 September 22, 2006 Democracy Player 0.9.1 October 19, 2006 Democracy Player 0.9.2.1 November 27, 2006 Democracy Player 0.9.2.2 December 30, 2006 Democracy Player 0.9.5 February 13, 2007 Interface refinements and an update to VLC Player 0.8.6. Democracy Player 0.9.5.1 February 21, 2007 Democracy Player 0.9.5.3 March 19, 2007 Democracy Player 0.9.6 (Miro RC1) June 4, 2007 Adds a "folder watching" feature, the ability to resume playback, and the ability to minimize to the system tray. Democracy Player 0.9.8 July 18, 2007 Miro 0.9.8.1 (RC2) July 30, 2007 Name change, Veoh search engine, and Windows system-tray functionality improvements. Miro 0.9.9 September 4, 2007 Miro 0.9.9.1 September 6, 2007 Miro 0.9.9.9 (RC3) October 31, 2007 First-time user guide, generates thumbnails, remembers search terms, has permalinks for videos, and bug fixes. Miro 1.0 November 13, 2007 Startup guide, permalinks, search-result memory, unicode-related error fix, better thumbnail generation, and delete while playing video. Miro 1.1 January 10, 2008 Miro 1.2-rc1 March 17, 2008 Miro 1.2 March 20, 2008 Miro 1.2.1 March 27, 2008 Miro 1.2.2 April 9, 2008 Miro 1.2.3 April 23, 2008 Miro 1.2.4 June 9, 2008 Miro 1.2.6 August 2, 2008 Miro 1.2.8 Miro 2.0 February 10, 2009 Miro 2.0.3 Miro 2.0.4 Miro 2.5 July 23, 2009 Miro 2.5.1 Miro 2.5.2 Miro 2.5.3 Miro 2.5.4 Miro 3.0 March 25, 2010 Miro 3.0.1 April 15, 2010 Miro 3.0.2 May 24, 2010 Linux version switches from gtkmozembed and XULRunner to WebKit Miro 3.0.3 July 26, 2010 Miro 3.5 October 22, 2010 Miro now remembers the previous selected view under Library and features the addition of new video conversion capabilities for a variety of devices. Users can now cancel all queued auto-downloads. Miro 3.5.1 December 6, 2010 Minor bug fixes Miro 4.0 May 26, 2011 Music manager and purchasing capabilities added.
Miro received a favorable review from Josh Quittner who wrote "I have seen the future of television and it’s an application called Miro." In May 2011, Seth Rosenblatt of CNET wrote, "Providing one-stop shopping for all your video and audio management desires, open-source and cross-platform Miro deserves much of the praise that's been heaped upon it." The Softonic review gave the software a score of 9/10, and described the software as "a perfect example of how video content from different sources can be integrated into one single application and served directly to your PC in a fast, easy and elegant way."
- ^ ftp.osuosl.org :: Oregon State University Open Source Lab, 10-Aug-2011 19:33, http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/pculture.org/miro/src/, retrieved 2011.09.12 07:33
- ^ Nicholas Reville (12 March 2007). "A Name Change". http://www.getmiro.com/blog/2007/03/a-name-change/. Retrieved 2007-09-03. ; Nicholas Reville (17 July 2007). "Announcing Miro". http://www.getmiro.com/blog/2007/07/announing-miro/. Retrieved 2007-09-03.
- ^ "Get Miro download page". http://www.getmiro.com/download/. "...the software code, which is licensed under the GPL."
- ^ Miro Video Converter
- ^ "Miro Video Converter FFMPEG Conversion Matrix". Participatory Culture Foundation. 2011-04-08. https://develop.participatoryculture.org/index.php/ConversionMatrix. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
- ^ Lahey, Chris. archive/miro-releases "Participatory Culture Foundation's Launchpad page". https://launchpad.net/~pcf/ archive/miro-releases. Retrieved 2011-05-31. (Archived by WebCite® at webcitation.org)
- ^ Ryan, Paul. @Accessdate= 2011-05-31 "Hands on: Miro 4.0 offers music management, Android syncing". Ars Technica. http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/05/hands-on-miro-40-offers-music-management-android-syncing.ars @Accessdate= 2011-05-31. (Archived by WebCite® at webcitation.org)
- ^ Quittner, Josh (November 13, 2007). "The future of Internet TV". TechLand blog. Fortune.CNN.com. http://techland.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2007/11/13/the-future-of-internet-tv/. Retrieved 2011-10-27. "I have seen the future of television and it’s an application called called Miro."
- ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (May 25, 2011). "Miro - CNET Editors' review". CNet.com. http://download.cnet.com/Miro/3000-2139_4-10587758.html. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
- ^ Santos, Elena (July 25, 2011). "Watch internet videos like you watch TV". Softonic. http://miro.en.softonic.com/. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
- Official Miro website
- Democracy Player is dead, long live Miro - last100, July 17 2007
- CNET 5 Star Review 2009
- CNET Blog article on how to use Miro to automatically download the latest TV shows of your choice
- CNET Video Review of Democracy Player - Dated
- Groklaw interview with Nicholas Reville, February 2008
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