Tuesday, February 21, 2006

"Democracy" Video Player Offer Open Source, BitTorrent-like PVR

The Participatory Culture Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is "to create tools for broader, deeper engagement with culture and politics," released an open source Internet TV system designed as an alternative to proprietary video players.

The "Democracy" player builds on RSS, Firefox, and BitTorrent technology to enable the user anyone to watch, share, broadcast and download video over the Internet. The player promises full screen video playback, continuous non-buffered play, and an open standards environment free of adware or spyware.

The Democracy Internet TV system is being supported by private donors, including Silicon Valley venture capitalist Andy Rappaport, and Mitch Kapor, Lotus founder and chairman of Mozilla Foundation (makers of Firefox).

A Windows version is available in the initial release. Other components of the system include its Broadcast Machine, software to publish high quality video for thousands of recipients from an ordinary website with almost no hosting costs. The system also includes a program guide of hundreds of channels of available video, and Video Bomb, a community-rated shareable guide, or automatic feed, of Internet video.



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