I just posted this story to slashdot. Hopefully, they will publish it, but just in case:
In an attempt to sidestep corporate-controlled media, the Participatory Culture Foundation (in association with Downhill Battle) has unveiled a downloadable video player named Democracy that uses Bittorrent and RSS to discover and download videos. They also provide content publishers with the PHP-written Broadcast Machine to enable easy sharing inside the Democracy framework. Democracy software is open source (GPL) and available for Mac and PC with a Linux version coming soon. I’ve downloaded the Mac version and it works great. The interface is elegant and iTunes-like. It’s a resource-hog and can be a bit slow, but it’s really good for a beta version.
Truly. This looks like a lot of fun. Check it out!