Motivated by seeing people like Mike Shaver and John Lilly talking about it, I gave Miro (née Democracy) another shot. I’m hooked. It’s a very refreshing take on video — finding, downloading, and playing. I’ve been filling the odd 10-minute spare time chunks with videos from TED.com, which are inspiring and entertaining. Recent favorites:
Miro’s UI means that I can navigate the TED feed simply, start automatic downloads, and show the videos in full-screen glory — making the experience much more pleasant than what YouTube.
Miro’s not perfect. My current gripe list is:
- it’s too modal — I’d like to be able to do feed management at the same time as I’m watching a video,
- it’s not obvious how to get a link to the currently playing video without stopping it, and
- I want integration with my bookmarking system, not have to use videobomb.
But those are all surface problems. It’s still a significant step in letting people decide what to watch, facilitate the watching of great content, and dare to consider TV as a non-commercially motivated endeavor.