Watch Videos and Internet TV in HD Full Screen with Miro HD Video Player

There’s been lots of talk in the Blogosphere lately, on getting rid of expensive Cable TV, where prices seem to be skyrocketing, and focusing instead on the multiple alternatives which the Internet now provides.

From a personal perspective, I’m a long way from getting rid of Cable TV. But that’s more an issue surrounding the medieval government broadcast regulations consumers are forced to deal with here in Canada, which allow Geo-blocking technologies that prevent Canadians from accessing television programming on U.S. websites, than any commitment I have to the boob tube, which I rarely watch.

I suspect in many other countries, consumers would be taking to the streets demanding access to the increasing number of broadcast options available online. The Canadian government needs to get its head around a concept called, “freedom of choice”. OK, I’ll stop ranting now!

For those of you who don’t face this restriction, Miro (last updated December 05, 2009), is a free (open source), internet TV platform and video player that can play virtually any video including, QuickTime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, and XVID. After iTunes, Miro is the second most popular video RSS player in the world.

The real strength of this application lies in the ability you now have, with Miro installed, to subscribe to any video RSS feed, pod cast, or Video Site/Blog such as YouTube, Google Video, and Yahoo Video, through channels.

When a channel is created in Miro, the program checks for updates periodically and will retrieve content for you through a HTTP download, or the included BitTorrent client.

You could, for example, subscribe to Comodo’s Internet video series, Really Simple Security, published on a dedicated YouTube channel, and with Miro’s automatic update function always be in the loop for new content.

Given that your computer screen is, in reality, a high-definition display, you can watch these videos in HD full screen. Pretty neat – especially if you have a wide screen LCD display.

To make it easier for you to find content for viewing, the included channel guide service is comprised of more than 1,800+ channels which are searchable by category, keyword, popularity, or language.

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Fast facts:

Built-in Channel Guide – explore hundreds of free Internet television channels.

Bit torrent download

Manageable Hard Drive folders

Resume playback

Channel surfing

Organizing video feeds by topic

Video sharing and hosting

Creating videos

This program continues to receive high praise from video geeks, and it’s worth adding to your entertainment applications.

Note: There is a learning curve associated with using Miro, but the developers video tutorial, takes the hassle out of it.

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System requirements: Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows XP (I’m not aware of any x64 support) – Mac, Linux.

Download at: Miro

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11 Comments

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11 responses to “Watch Videos and Internet TV in HD Full Screen with Miro HD Video Player

  1. Bill…
    Thank you very much for info about this program.
    To the take :-)
    Nice week.

  2. Liam O' Moulain

    Hadn’t heard of this before now, but I think I’ll give this a try. Looks very interesting.

    Thanks Bill.

    Liam

  3. Daena

    I thought I’d give this a try, since I watch Hulu quite a bit, and I’m sooo angry I did. Miro installed Bing Search toolbar, which I didn’t want or agree to install (using firefox) and it wiped out all my default search engines for Firefox. Now I’m trying to figure out how to get Firefox back to normal. Beware!!!!!!!! I don’t trust companies that install things w/out your consent or knowledge.

    • Bill Mullins

      Daena,

      On Install (under custom install), you have the option of installing only the application. If you had chosen this install route, no changes would have been made to your search providers. As well, it is good practice to always read the Eula, which, by installing the application, you have agreed to. Part of the Eula for Miro states the following:

      *5. INSTALLATION*

      *5.1 The Mirostart.com start page is available to be used freely by anyone. Most commonly our users chose to install/use our pages through our software products or our partners’ software products. This choice is always optional. *

      *5.2 In order for you to use any Mirostart.com start page, some or all of the changes set out below may need to be made to the settings on your PC (and you may have formerly agreed or hereby agree that by we may go ahead and make such changes without further reference to you): *

      a. If Internet Explorer (“IE”) is installed on your PC we may change the default setting of your home page on IE 6, IE 7 and/or IE 8 to Mirostart.com, IESearch.com or the Ask.com search engine.

      b. If Firefox (“FF”) is installed on your PC we may change the default setting of your home page on FF to Mirostart.com, FireSearch.com or the Ask.com search engine;

      c. If Safari (“SF”) is installed on your PC we may change the default setting of your home page on SF to Mirostart.com, SafariSearch.net or the Ask.com search engine;

      d. If Opera (“OP”) is installed on your PC we may change the default setting of your home page on OP to Mirostart.com, OperaSearch.com or the Ask.com search engine;

      5.3. Ask.com are our primary search provider. In addition to our terms and conditions, please review Ask.com’s Terms of Service and Privacy policy. The terms of service for Ask.com (part of IAC Search & Media Europe Ltd) can be found at http://sp.uk.ask.com/en/docs/about/terms_of_service.shtml and the privacy policy for Ask.com (part of IAC Search & Media Europe Ltd) can be found at http://sp.uk.ask.com/en/docs/about/privacy.shtml

      5.4. Mirostart.com, Ask.com, Zugo Ltd, IAC Search and Media EU Ltd are not affiliated with or representative of any software provided or supplied by Microsoft Corporation, Mozilla Corporation, Apple Inc, Opera Software ASA or any other organisation unless otherwise specified.

      Again, if you had chosen the custom install, and unchecked the appropriate boxes (as the EULA indicates), no changes would have been made to your search providers. Miro did not change your system without your consent – both the install screen and the Eula make this clear.

      I’m sorry you are dissatisfied, but your experience emphasizes the care and attention one must exercise, when installing any application.

      Bill

  4. Hi Bill,

    I heard the name once but never get time to check this. However, this time I will check this. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Arafat

  5. kingpin

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    Again I hope This helps everyone!!

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Kingpin,

      Thanks for this, but I’m going to pass on this offer. There are just too many freeware applications of this type that are at least as good as this product, and many that are, quite frankly, better.

      I’m sorry that I can’t use this one, but please continue to offer your suggestions. They are always interesting and I do appreciate your recommendations.

      Best,

      Bill

  6. kingpin

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