SOooooooo I’ve just spent the last half hour reading over Adsense policy pages to try and figure out if I can write about this topic or not. I think I can, as long as I don’t “promote illegal activity.” Having said that I am going to talk about a thing that I don’t use and I don’t advise you to use. But it IS a part of internet life and I do want to discuss it. It’s called Bit Torrent. The Bit Torrent format , commonly just called a torrent is a file sharing protocol. It’s technologically very cool. The creator is a called named Bram Cohen, and in only a few years it has pretty much become THE standard to move large media (and thus small media too) around. I mean if you’re trying to distribute a 200-1000mb file somewhere the torrent format is great for downloading to lots of people. There are some legal and illegal usage of the format. Today I’d like to talk about its use in the TV arena. Not online TV like AdultSwim, where I was watching Dethklok today.
Listen if you’ve got a Tivo or a Tivo 2, or some kind of home theater system that includes a TV digital recorder then you’re familiar with the idea of recording to a hard drive instead of a VCR tape. Most people still have a VCR around for old times sake but most people just have a Tivo type device. Or they don’t even bother recording anymore. The price of DVD (legit and otherwise) has come down so low in prices that most people will just buy whatever they missed. But a Tivo type device, a digital recorder of some kind, is really crucial to people like me. I do not have enough hours in the day but I LOVE TV ! So what’s to be done? And yeah, I know most people are reluctant to say something like that, it’s much cooler to say how “bad” TV is, but it’s not! I mean you can always find half a dozen shows that are enjoyable to you. Always. And if you haven’t –you’re just not trying hard enough. Hahahaa.
But I need a recorder. Last night is a perfect example. I’ve been watching the PBS series Carrier , and last night was the finale. Meanwhile, since the strike is over my Thursday shows are back; Scrubs, My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office . ANNNNNNND Smallville and Lost came on. I mean, Damn! Damn! What can you do on a night like that? Even you TV snobs can find something in that offering that you like. But I don’t even HAVE a Tivo. First of all I watch TV on my computer monitor. Yeah, years ago I was an early adopter and bought a home theater out in Los Angeles that included a giant High Definition TV set, but all my real crap is out there and I’m in Chicago. So an easy solution is to get a TV capture card. You can get an internal one like I use on my desktop or and external USB model like I use on my laptop. You can get standard definition or High Definition (capital letters and all). In addition to watching TV, you can record to your computer’s hard drive just like a Tivo. My device even lets you do all the tricks like go back an hour or 2 and replay a scene-whatever you want to do.
Meanwhile these…let’s call them dirty rats…are taking THEIR Tivo’s and uploading TV programs and making them available for others to download. The nerve! I wouldn’t dream of providing a link to one of those sites, but I mean just look at all the stuff that was available last night.
You can even see the file sizes. An hour show is about 350mb and a half hour show is about 175mb. If the show was recorded with some kind of home theater HDTV then an hour show might be 1100mb. I mean the nerve. It’s like an online TV for people who don’t record all their shows at home like myself .