New kid on the block, Miro, is trying to challenge Joost, Babelgum and the rest of the bunch with its slightly different take on things. See. Miro is first of all an Open Source internet television app, formerly known by the much-less-savvy name “Democracy Player” (I mean, that’s NOT a selling name, Miro ftw!). It also has some other nifty features, and a whole different look to it.
It’s campaining with the actual tagline “Better than Joost” – pointing out that they have 2.500 unrestricted channels, loadsa HD material and are open source. Valid points, all of them.
The thing that makes Miro stand out in a positive (albeit probably fairly illegal) way from the rest of the pack is the possibility to subscribe to RSS-feeds of favourite tv shows. Just grab the RSS feed from somewhere, set up a channel on Miro and the app will take care of the rest, providing you with a new episode every time one is available. For a users guide, check out this CNet article.
My 2 cents would be that Miro will work as a good partner to Joost. It can get to stuff that Joost can’t, and it can do it with a minimum of hassle. To just watch something – without really knowing what to be looking for, just killing time – Joost is still better. Also Miro crashed a couple of times on my laptop, whereas Joost has been running faultlessly for the past year – might just be me, but the feeling I get is a little bit unsteady.
Miro – try it out! Just don’t get caught 🙂