Instant Media is dead, long live Miro

My regular reader 😉 may remember that I’ve recommended Instant Media (I’M) as an alternative to Joost in previous posts. Over the last 6 months or so I basically only used it for automatic downloading of DL.TV and Cranky Geeks (linked under Netcasts on the right). While I had noticed that the I’M guide wasn’t working back in September I hadn’t bothered to find out why. This week I looked around and found some information in these blog posts.

Instant Media Gone Bust? Feeling the Web Video Bubble Burst

Instant Media, Miro Competitor, Leaves The Net Without A Trace

Instant Media Grinds to a Halt

Those posts speculate on what happened and the last one linked above does have a fairly definitive answer from one the the former developers.

Scott Blum, the eccentric billionaire that was funding our company, decided to scuttle it mid-July

This was a little puzzling, why did the I’M web site stay online until September when the plug had been pulled in July. This blog post gives me an idea of why, the company tried to sue Microsoft and get a preliminary injunction over Microsoft’s use of their trademark, I’M. That seems like the reason to me, I’M had to stay up on the web until the court decided, once the courts ruled against I’M in the middle of August I’M had no further incentive to stay around.

Since I’M was gone I decided to look around for an alternative and I found a great one, Miro. This is an excellent program especially since it’s open source and cross platform. I installed it on my OpenSuse 10.3 PC and setup a Samba share so that my Media Center PC can play the videos. One feature I hope to make good use of once NerdTV starts season two is Miro’s support for Bittorrent. I like the idea of be able to easily to give some of my bandwidth to NerdTV to help defray the distribution costs (PBS doesn’t have very deep pockets).