WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the non-profit
Participatory Culture Foundation (http://www.GetDemocracy.com) launched
Democracy, the world's first comprehensive open source internet TV system. As
components of the Democracy system have been released over the past few
months, the undertaking has become one of the most popular and blogged about
projects in the technology world. Today's release of the free Democracy
Player for Windows, Mac, and Linux completes the platform.
"The days of waiting for internet video to buffer and watching it in a
tiny box are over," says Participatory Culture Foundation co-founder Nicholas
Reville. "With Democracy, internet video is ready to play when you want to
watch it, like TiVo, and it fills the entire screen."
Democracy takes advantage of open internet technologies to redefine the
online video experience, surpassing the user experience of proprietary systems
from even the largest tech and media corporations. As Mozilla's Firefox does
for web browsers, Democracy sets the standard for a beautiful and intuitive
open-source replacement to proprietary video players and is building momentum
with bloggers, videomakers, and technologists to push the online media
Democracy builds on cutting edge RSS, Firefox, and BitTorrent technology
to empower anyone to watch, share, broadcast and download video over the
internet in a way that enables higher digital resolution, full screen video
playback, continuous non-buffered play, and an open standards environment free
of adware or spyware -- a much more TV-like experience than traditional web
video, and with far more diversity and freedom than traditional TV.
"The Democracy Internet TV system levels the playing field between
commercial media and technology companies, independent video publishers, and
millions of people who deserve equal and free access to one another's videos,"
explains Participatory Culture Foundation co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng. "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."
Cory Doctorow, from BoingBoing.net -- the internet's most popular blog --
notes, "The revolution will indeed be televised -- thanks to the judicious
combination of ethics, technology, and imagination that this project
The Democracy Internet TV system is being supported by private donors,
including two of the world's leading technology visionaries, Silicon Valley
venture capitalist Andy Rappaport, and Mitch Kapor, Lotus founder and chairman
of Mozilla Foundation (makers of Firefox). "Because it is based on open
standards and open source," notes Rappaport, "this is the first time that a
large-scale internet video creation and distribution platform will be
available to everyone."
The Democracy system launched publicly today with the release of the
Democracy player for Windows. Other components of the system include its
Broadcast Machine, software to publish high quality video for thousands of
recipients from an ordinary website with almost no hosting costs. The system
also includes a program guide of hundreds of channels of available video, and
Video Bomb (http://www.videobomb.com), a community-rated shareable guide, or
automatic feed, of the internet's freshest free video. Democracy will not
interfere with a computer's use of any existing video software. Download
Democracy for free at http://www.GetDemocracy.com.
SOURCE Participatory Culture Foundation