In a past post, I mentioned that I had started playing with Democracy player, which sparked a request for some tips on locating videos. For those not familiar with Democracy, it’s like an advanced feed reader for videos. With it, you subscribe to video sites like VideoBomb or DailyMotion, and it automatically downloads videos and shows for you. While it doesn’t include most regular network shows, it does include a channel guide, an integrated search bar, and a bittorrent client to locate independent content.
I have to admit that I use Democracy mostly to watch G4TV and viral videos, but I have to say that I’ve gotten very used to the TV-like way that I can watch a continuous stream of clips with a single click. Because all of the major networks are focussed on controlling their content through an array of individually aggravating and inflexible web-based players, I can’t be bothered to watch them online. Unfortunately, until the majors give up a little control and join this download party or the independents expand the number of high quality shows, Democracy won’t be replacing my DVR just yet.
My Current Democracy Channels
Democracy doesn’t currently have a way to import or export channels, so I had to compile this list manually. It might not look like much, but it’s a surprisingly large amount of content, which I can almost guarantee you’ll be tired of watching long before Democracy is tired of serving it up.
Attack of the Show (G4TV)
The Daily Feed (G4TV)
The Daily Nut (G4TV)
DJ Battle TV
Top 10 Viral Videos
Video Bomb Front Page
Further Channel Surfing
If you still need more content, there is a TON to sift through in the links below…
Happy surfing! (And if you find some good channels, throw them in the comments.)
Update:: Thanks to a comment from Nicholas Reville of the Participatory Culture Foundation (the folks that run Democracy), Democracy users can subscribe to my current channels above with a single click on the button below the “My Current Democracy Channels” list.