There are many ways to explain Miro:
- "A TiVo for the internet."
- "Turn your computer into a TV."
- "Simple, elegant internet video."
- "HD TV on your computer."
Miro functions more like iTunes: download interesting videos from the internet or subscribe to 2500+ video RSS channels. Miro has build in BitTorrent support. Since videos must be downloaded, playback is not instant for now; but the videos load pretty quickly. Miro can play MPEG, Quicktime, AVI, H.264, Divx, Windows Media, Flash Video, and almost every other major video format.
Joost is like a better TV with instant play and interaction. It has 250+ commercial broadcast channels to choose from.
Miro and Joost have different strengths and focus. Users enjoy the competition of the maturing online video services.