The former Democracy (Internet video) player was renamed and rebranded as Miro on Wednesday. Small improvements have been made as the player nears version 1.0, including the replacement of Yahoo.com search with Veoh.com.
Other changes include the addition of a "report a bug" menu item, keyboard shortcuts in order to enable remote control and smarter importing and folder watching to avoid adding audio files.
"I am very excited to announce Miro, the new name of Democracy Player," said Nicholas Reville. "Weire still the same non-profit organization, the same people working on the project, the same open-source code. But we have a new name and a new logo that I think will reduce a lot of confusion. Lots of folks thought iDemocracyi was only for political video. The changes and will help us reach more people."
Democracy Player is described as a free and open source internet TV/video podcast application, with a beautiful, easy to use interface. The user can subscribe to any internet TV channel, including video podcasts, video RSS feeds, bittorrent feeds, and video blogs. A built-in channel guide lists hundreds of channels of all types, all free to subscribe to. The user can browse videos, download, and watch fullscreen -- all in the same application. Miro can also search for, download and save videos from YouTube, Google Video, Revver, Blip.tv, Bloggdigger and Daily Motion.
Miro 0.9.8 is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and QuickTime 7. Some video formats require Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Miro is open source and free.