The upcoming monkey will support the following backends: BitTorrent, TMDB, Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Twitch, TikTok, Facebook, Odysee, Last.fm and SoundCloud.
… and these video hubs, essentially giving you access to the catalog of the following brands:
I’m not seeing a Semantic player like Monkey as a replacement for a multimedia player like VLC. First, because it includes the VLC engine itself through libVLC and secondly because it’s not made for local / networked input files. Both can coexist without replacing each other.
However monkey + tevolution could happily succede to what we nowaday call “television”. And that’s what one should strive for. Both for the interesting technical challenge and the ethical goal of having media(s) that genuinely serve people. I think it’s achievable, even for an indie developer. However in the end people will vote / decide with their usage if such proposition is worthwhile for them. The mass could very well decide to stick with the traditional mundane channels and platform services.
By large, people could even stick to something that’s genuinely bad for their freedom. But that’s their sovereignty and a thing one has to accept if he is a true democrat at heart. “Forgive them they do not know what they’re doing”