Democracy player did sound like some kind hip-hop raconteur who probably works for Moveon.org. The app was solid and now is re-christened "Miro" though a search on 7/19/07 showed the name had lots of competition from the Spanish artist.
Last100 has a detailed review of the new old app that wants to make viewing media on the web as easy as viewing the TV. Miro is an "open-source Internet TV application that combines a media player and
library, content guide, video search engine, as well as podcast and
BitTorrent clients. Developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation" says Last100. Participatory Culture Foundation also provides software and website to help you make "channels" that you can put on Miro's guide.
Highlights of the review include:
- Miro looks like iTunes with a guide, video search, link to your library, and so on.
- Links to channels which is what Miro calls RSS feeds from video podcasts
- Miro guide "better than iTunes directory" beasuse its is filtered (sorted, selected) better
- Videos don't stream, they download (pro-- you get to keep it; con--slower than streamining)
- Supports lots of DV formats and has a BitTorrent client so you can subscribe to P2P
If you are teacher these days, you might be working with iTunes University. But if you can't do that, you can be educationally competitive by using Miro. This is an answer to lots of questions that Youth Media organizations faced about distributing work given lack of resources.