From some of the same crew who brought you the Firefox browser, now there's an open source, ad-free and spyware-free media player system, called Democracy. (See Democracy web video system challenges Microsoft, Real, and Apple, and get more info and free download at www.GetDemocracy.com.)
It's a system, and not merely a player, because it also competes with iTunes and the like as a web destination to download videos. And somewhat like the still-experimental Google Video it also makes the tools available -- for free -- to publish your own home brew videos so anyone else can watch. But while Google says they must approve your video uploads, Democracy enables you to do it yourself on an open-access, no-approval-needed basis.
Coincidentally, Disney began the nationwide rollout of MovieBeam this week, their pay TV service that bypasses cable-TV and satellite and puts their own Disney-branded set top box into the home. What does Disney, one of the biggest media conglomerates, have to do with the anti-big business Democracy player? It's an independent set top box.
The Democracy player is a step in the right direction, but the next step, and one that I believe will prove to be the crystallizing event in the evolution of truly democratic television, will be easy to use IPTV set top boxes incorporating the Democracy Player, or something similar.
After all, as readers of this space in Video/Imaging DesignLine well know, research shows that most people prefer watching TV on TV.
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