BitTorrent operates on similar principles to Kazaa, but it[base ']s tuned
differently: it excels at downloading files that are new or currently
in high demand. It breaks large files into many small chunks, and
coordinates their assemblage, so that users can tap into a swarm and distribute
the load evenly. At the same time that you[base ']re downloading a chunk,
another user is downloading an earlier chunk from you [~] no one server
is overwhelmed, and the more popular a file, the higher its
With the addition of RSS, BitTorrent could really be taken to the next
level, and I[base ']d be able to forget about the plumbing of TV altogether. I
want RSS feeds of BitTorrent files. A script would periodically check
the feed for new items, and use them to start the download. Then, I
could find a trusted publisher of an Alias
RSS feed, and
[base "]subscribe[per thou] to all new episodes of the show, which would then start
downloading automatically [~] like the [base "]season pass[per thou] feature of the TiVo.
as Scott Raymond foretold...
Well, its been done. I present to you www.torrents.co.uk
along with its nice backend feed www.torrents.co.uk/backend.php
[~]Stian [w] 15 Mar 8:55am
The result: the TV distribution networks are completely end-run by an
ad-hoc, decentralized, loosely-coupled network. And in the process,
significant opportunities are afforded to independent content producers
of audio and video to reach a mass audience with insignificant
He also pointed out that the networks should just start posting frest
programs with commercials embedded...and get on with the show!
For the cable companies the question is whether pirated shows will
stimulate or inhibit subscriptions. I predict stimulate.