Seagull... There is never anything good on television. That is what my family is always saying, and we have over two hundred channels. They point to informercials on four consecutive channels to prove their point. They beleaguer that point with the old movies that we have seen a dozen times, the commercial breaks that seem to be longer than the show they are in, and the constant news coverage of the celebrity of the week. They ask me, "Why isn't there anything new and interesting on? Why are there commercials, when we have a monthly cable bill? Why can't television be enjoyable, rather than frustrating?"
The answer is that television isn't controlled by you. If you controlled television, it would show exactly what you wanted, when you wanted it. You wouldn't have to watch reruns because there would always be something new on. You wouldn't have to settle for watching a celebrity's trial, when what you wanted was news. You wouldn't be subjected to watching drug commercials, with their jingles about diarrhea, while you are having dinner.
You don't need television. There is an alternative. It is called the Internet. Yes, your friend, the Internet, can replace television. There are over six billion people on this planet, a lot of them have video cameras, and many of them are making new and interesting shows for you to watch right now.
In November of 2001, we released a small program called Seagull Video Player, which took a list of videos and played them full screen. It was simple, but it solved a problem. The average bandwidth of a home Internet connection was increasing, which made downloading videos off the Internet easy. Many people, including us, wanted to be able to watch those videos without having to open them, resize their windows, and press play over, and over again. We released Seagull Video Player, and the people rejoiced.
That was good enough for 2001, but now, we need a lot more. The introduction of RSS, peer to peer networks, BitTorrent, and the H.264 codec have made it possible for individuals to become broadcasters, which means more choices for us viewers. Since all of these videos are spread across the Internet, we need a way to enjoy them, and minimize the time spent looking for them. That is what Seagull 3 does.
In addition to the standard video library and playlists, the source list in Seagull 3 now includes vidcasts, the video equivalent of a podcast. You can subscribe to one of the included vidcasts, or enter the address to any vidcast, and it will be added to your source list. The vidcasts are regularly checked for new videos automatically. When new videos are found, they are downloaded to your computer, added to the vidcast playlist, and ready to be viewed. While all this is happening, you don't have to wait, and you don't have to do any work. Instead, you can just watch your videos and the new ones will just show up.
In addition to downloading your vidcasts for you, Seagull 3 can also scan a webpage and download all of the videos that it finds. You no longer have to manually download each video in your Web browser, and then add it to your library. The work is done for you, giving you more time to watch your videos.
Seagull 3 Standard Edition costs $29.95 for a single user license. Registered Seagull Video Player 2.x for Mac users can upgrade to Seagull 3 Standard Edition for $15.95. New users can download and evaluate Seagull 3 for 30 days. While it is being evaluating, there will be a twenty-five video limit, per library.
In addition to all of the features of the Standard Edition, the Professional Edition enables you to output the video to an external device, using a QuickTime Output Component. Seagull 3 Professional Edition costs $89.95 for a site license. This license can be used for all copies of Seagull 3 Professional Edition at the user's site. Seagull 3 is free for all registered Seagull Video Player 2.x Professional Edition users.