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Democracy: Internet TV
February 15, 2007
Thomas Mennecke
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As the cost of video equipment continues to drop, the amount of home brew media has soared. Even with a middling digital camera or cell phone, creating decent quality videos over several minutes in length is within the mainstream grasp. One only needs to take a quick peek at Google or YouTube to see the ever growing video inventory.

Of course there are many other resources for videos online, whether from Yahoo!, video blogs, or any of the thousands of various resources. Utilizing RSS technology allows the blogger or amateur video artist, or whoever, to feed their latest titles to subscribing netizens. Keeping track of this extensive list can become a disorganized affair; however, the folks over at Democracy TV believe they have a solution.

Their solution takes shape as an open source application called "Democracy Player", which released a major upgrade today. Like most video players, it can accommodate just about any video format. However, there's a philosophical mission behind their work.

"There's an opportunity to build a new, open mass medium of online television," Democracy TV's website reads. "We're developing the Democracy internet TV platform so that watching internet video channels will be as easy as watching TV and broadcasting a channel will be open to everyone. Unlike traditional TV, everyone will have a voice."

Outside of the philosophical argument, Democracy TV can be set up just like any TiVo or DVR. On the left column, the end user can organize an unlimited amount of RSS video feeds from any source that supports the technology. The user can also add or search for just about any video resource as well; however, the player already has search engines for YouTube, Google, Yahoo, and Blog Digger pre-installed. Another useful feature is the ability to submit a video to Digg,, or the many other link sites.

Democracy TV also maintains an extensive channel guide listing that includes an array of creative commons material such as "Ctrl+Alt+Chicken" and many others.

"But what about BitTorrent?" someone may ask. Interestingly enough, Democracy Player also supports the protocol. However at this point, the feature appears buggy and Slyck was simply not able to get this feature to work. As an open source project that appears to be ramping up development, it's likely this small hiccup will be resolved rather shorty. It would be inquisitive to know to what extent BitTorrent will be supported with this concept, as incorporating the philosophical and practical aspect of this project along with BitTorrent technology may prove very fascinating.

The project of course is not without its problems. While running the program, it consumed over 100 megabytes of memory - however with 2 gigabytes available this wasn't much of a problem. Yet as a project that is designed for the more common configuration, this is a circumstance that will need to be addressed rather soon.

Overall however, the Democracy TV project is something certainly worth keeping an eye it. There's little doubt the benefits far outweigh the inconveniences. It's a great tool for organizing RSS video feeds, wrapping all various video search engines in one package, watching net TV, and best of all enjoying its open source nature.

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