BitTorrent Live: streaming video that gets easier to serve as more people watch it


10 Responses to “BitTorrent Live: streaming video that gets easier to serve as more people watch it”

  1. signsofrain says:

    I’ve been waiting for this. YouTube’s usefulness has been hugely diminished by the copyright police and crappy unskippable advertising. A decentralized streaming video site would be amazing.

    1) Create decentralized takedown-resistant streaming video site
    2) Mirror all of YouTube’s video
    3) Profit Enjoy the social disruption caused by democratizing streaming

  2. Rider says:

    Welcome to 4 years ago.  This has been built into to most torrent clients for years now.  Bittorent is usually the last to catch up with the technology they created.  I’ve been streaming NFL games this way for the past two years. 

  3. is it still considered streaming if you have to receive the full file before you can use it?

  4. Okay, I’m obviously not very knowledgeable in this area: I always thought that livestreams were broad- or multicasts, and that the video only has to leave the host computer once and will be duplicated at every router on the internet that has recipients at the end of more than one route.
    … is that wrong? Is there a limit to how many people you can reach this way? Are the headers of multicast packets so large that they are a problem?

    Anyway, this is in fact good news. The problem is of course that you’d still need enough upstream bandwidth to send the video at least as fast at it is running. Meaning, most people won’t be able to do this using their connection at home, unless the video is very small. Although it may be a very cool thing for people with small websites on small servers with not much bandwidth. (Did I at least get this right?)

    • austinhamman says:

      there are, to my knowledge, no streaming sites that use broadcast or multicast…largely because there are few routers capable to receiving multicast or multicasting. same for broadcast.
      instead you make a connection to say youtube and it opens a TCP socket to a streaming location and downloads it. youtube downloads only a portion of it at a time but basically with any streaming site the player downloads some chunk or all of it and plays that, so long as the transfer rate is >= the playback rate all is good.

  5. kb says:

    Still don’t know why NPR doesn’t do something like this for its podcasts. I actually emailed one of the producers about it and they gave me some reason for not doing it (which was silly). Sure would cut down on bandwidth costs and all those pledge drives.

  6. DC Wilson says:

    Yeah, go try it first before praising it. The software is indeed a ways of from being usable. Requires ports being opened on routers and firewalls that ISP’s will hit the panic button on almost instantly. 

  7. Gilbert Wham says:

    Another voice here for ‘hasn’t this been an option for ages’?

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