Get Democracy

20 10 2006

Democracy – Internet TV Platform – Free and Open Source: “Stop squinting at tiny web video. Instead, download and watch all the best internet TV shows in one powerful application: any video RSS feed, video podcast, video blog, or BitTorrent file. Fullscreen, high resolution, 100% free and open source. New channels arrive daily in the built-in Channel Guide.”

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Democracy is one cool app. The latest version (0.9.1) is wads better than the previous one, and already much better than iTunes’ video section. The fact that it now supports BitTorrent and Flash Video is a big plus: I can now download and watch the Technology Evangelist videos in all their full-screen, 480p glory from the same application!.

Add to this that it is available for OS X, Windows and Linux, it is free and Open Source. What more can you ask for?

Well, actually it could benefit from some UI improvements. For instance, a history function would be welcome, and it should remember the video you were playing and the position you were at, when you move around, so that you can go back and resume playing. As it is now, when you click on a channel, playing stops and you have no way to go back there.

We can be confident that these UI issues will be fixed before the 1.0 release, though. You can hear Nicholas Reville say that most of the work towards their first release is going into UI polish in this interview.

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