miro Watch out Joost because here comes Miro! Some of you may have heard Miro mentioned quite a bit around the Web between yesterday and today, and that’s because it really is worth talking about it. Everybody wants to get their hands on the open-source, rather slick video player with thousands of unrestricted channels including HD content. Formerly known as Democracy, Miro 1.0 has launched and is available for download. All I can say is go get it, I think you’ll be impressed.

Here’s what you need to know about Miro: It’s been dubbed a Joost competitor, but once I tell you all of the advantages, I think you’ll agree that it’s really not a Joost competitor. There’s NO way Joost will be able to compete with this, and really, their goals are much different. First and foremost, Miro offers 2,500 unrestricted channels compared to the 250 that Joost offers — all of them with DRM.  Miro offers HD content, Joost doesn’t offer any.  Miro is open platform while Joost is closed. Another huge advantage is that they use VLC’s video engine. If you’re familiar with VLC, you know that it can play just about any video format known to man.  The same goes for Miro.

In terms of funding, Joost is king of the hill – they’ve gotten all kinds of funding. In terms of what the people really want, Miro stands king of the hill, and hopefully they’ll get comparable funding to make their service even better.  Did I mention that Miro connects you to video-sharing sites like YouTube? They do, how awesome is that? They also support BitTorrent, and their player is available for Windows, Mac, and even Linux which is huge. Of course since it’s open-source, it only makes sense that they created a version for Linux.

Below are a few screenshots of Miro:

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If you want to download it, I recommend going to FileHippo. Miro’s site is understandably slow right now with everybody trying to get their hands on it to give it a try. Once you try it, let us know what you think.