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Ars Technica has an article up comparing the feature sets of Miro and Joost. The reason for this is because Miro has recently begun a campaign comparing Joost and Miro, but the Ars article seemed to have missed the biggest point.

But Joost’s partnerships with the big boys pick up where Miro leaves off—Joost carries a number of current broadcast shows such as CBS’s fall season of Kid Nation (which several Ars staffers are huge fans of) and NUMB3RS, MTV’s Punk’d series, CNN’s Larry King Live (Miro only carries a Larry King video podcast with the “best” of his interviews for the week), and a selection of full-length films from Paramount.

Uh, I think you missed the biggest feature of Miro: RSS feed-based “TV.”

Whether it’s legal or not, the point is that you can add feeds from a site such as tvRSS (highly recommended, by the way) and get regular programming, on your computer. So, in the end, Miro’s selection is infinitely more vast than Joost’s, because of all the RSS feeds you can add.

Other people pointed this out in the forum topic discussing the article, but it amazes me that Jacqui Cheng, the author of the article, completely ignored this fact when comparing selection.

Thanks to an article on CNET, I’ve begun to use Miro, formerly known as the Democracy Player, for all my television viewing. I’m subscribed to quite a few feeds on, and I’m all set for this fall, when all the new seasons start.

So far Miro’s been decently stable for a “public preview,” with no crashes yet but I swear it eats up memory, because for some reason my computer keeps slowing down after Miro’s been open for quite a while, but I think this may just be my imagination. The interface is nice, and is integrated into the whole Mac OS X feel quite well, considering it’s an XULRunner application. It’s got a few visual bugs here and there, but, once again, it’s only a “public preview.”

I actually don’t have cable service for TV (new house, no cable lines, yet) and I don’t want to have to get a satellite, so I guess it’s internet TV for me.