This Is It

Posted 16 years ago by Adam Gautsch

I just read about it this morning on Boing Boing. It's amazing and does so much smart stuff and blends so many useful technologies it really is a big idea.

You can read more about the softwae at Boing Boing and of course at the Democracy TV site but just to give you a short run down of what this software does and what technologies it uses:

1. RSS of Video
2. BitTorrent for legal distribution of video
3. The ability to play any video format
4. On demand video without having to use iTunes or TiVo
5. A video publishing tool
6. A social networking tool

This thing is still just starting out but I think it could be big and it could be useful. I'm sure there is going to be a lot of crappy 'TV' shows made and distributed using this software but there is no reason to think that some really good TV shows can't also be made a distributed using this software as well. If the idea of the long tail is real and profitable Democracy TV might very well be the software used to help spread long tail video.


Adam ~ 16 years ago

As long as my computer is in my office and my screen is less than 24 inches this kind of thing doesn't interest me. Now when the computer finally "moves into the living room" like the pundits have been promising for years, I might start paying attention.

Also not too sure about this being desktop software ... little old fashioned, no?

Evan Tishuk ~ 16 years ago

I almost agree with you Adam. The computer offers too many distractions whereas the television serves a single focused purpose. I could watch a movie on my laptop and be happy (after all it's so much closer to my face), but I know I'd find myself playing Snood during the boring parts. My point is that I don't think it's the screen size, I think it's the mode of thought that you're in when you're in front of the television v. the monitor.

In any case, I could see myself hooking a junk computer up to my big screen, connecting to the wireless and enjoying something from my video rss collection. Instead of being shackled to whatever the networks and cable channels think I'll enjoy.

The problem I think we'd run into is information overload. If all of the sudden I have every episode of MacGyver and Northern Exposure at my fingertips, how do I choose?

Adam Gautsch ~ 16 years ago

A couple of things:

  1. I think more and more people are going to have an old computer (or even a new computers) plugged into their TV. The flat screen market is growing and a bunch more people have perfectly good but 'outdated' computers sitting around. Why not plug them in to that big damn monitor you just bought. Plus I hear good things Windows Media Center even from Mac folks and Bill Gates has made no bones about it that he wants a PC in every living room.
  2. Every show doesn't have to be a traditional length or format. Think more Google Video less Must See TV
  3. Getting these shows to you is the important part, you choose where/ how to watch them.
  4. On demand content of all types is the wave of the present.
olivier blanchard ~ 16 years ago

Wait... You mean I could possibly have 24/7 access to every episode of Golden Girls?

Evan Tishuk ~ 16 years ago

Olivier, "thank you for being a friend." I can't imagine you (or anyone) sitting down and thinking, "I wish I could watch 30 minutes of snarky old women who live together and whine."

MacGyver on the other hand... crack open a beer, sit back and bask in the glory of on demand television.

ihatetrucks ~ 16 years ago

All I can say is Alf, MacGyver and every episode of This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop. I would loose my job, my wife and my house.

olivier blanchard ~ 16 years ago

Want true magic? The A-Team, baby.

jimmy ~ 16 years ago

IPTV baby!

Jeremy ~ 16 years ago

Well, has been "boing-boinged" off the internet for now.

"The server at is taking too long to respond."

Oh well.

Adam Gautsch ~ 16 years ago

I think all the responses about TV shows they like is just further proof of the concept.

Everyone says they don't watch TV but everyone watches TV.

PS: Jeremy, it is back up for me.

Jeremy ~ 16 years ago

I'm downloading it now...this might have potential.

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