Democracy Video Player

27 Feb 2006

The world’s first open source internet tv system has been launched, and it’s called Democracy. It’s available free for Windows, Mac and Linux and takes advantage of open internet technologies to deliver an online video experience. Democracy builds on RSS, Firefox and BitTorrent technologies to allow users to watch, share, broadcast and download video over the internet as high digital resolution, full screen, continuous non-buffered play, on an open standards environment free of adware or spyware.

Democracy iTV

“While every major media corporation in the world is trying to find a way to lock users into closed and proprietary technologies, we want to ensure that video on the internet is as open and accessible as websites and blogs.”

There are more than 300 channels in the Channel Guide that is built-in to Democracy. They’re as interesting and diverse as the internet itself. You can subscribe to any of them for free with a single click.

This seems to be like the open source version of Veoh, of which I’ve done a review somewhere in December. Veoh also has a lot of channels and also allows anyone to become a publisher. The only matter that remains, and also here with Democracy is: copyright violation. Some sort of regulation needs to be set, without any doubt. The idea of free motion over IP is very exciting, but if anyone can become a publisher, that leaves the door open for ‘republication’ of other people’s work.

Download the Democracy Player | Download the code | via VNUNet


Posted by Miel Van Opstal in General, Technology


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  1. Pascal Van Hecke

    February 27, 2006 at 11:38 am

    … and it’s the project Cory Doctorow mentioned to us after his speech in Antwerp

  2. Coolz0r

    February 27, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    Yes, I know :) It looks great, I’ll give it a try and a review later on…