BitTorrent Bets on New CEO, New Business Model

October 17, 2021

The San Francisco-based peer-to-peer file-sharing firm debuts Doug Walker as its new CEO Wednesday. He replaces the technology’s inventor, Bram Cohen, who will become chief scientist. “YouTube makes low-quality videos available, not because people wouldn’t watch high-quality ones,” says Cohen. With BitTorrent DNA, the company now offers a protocol for streaming high-definition video, including 780p and 1080i. Until now, the BitTorrent protocol only worked for downloading files, not for streaming media files (playing them as they download).

BitTorrent has more than YouTube in its sights. In February, the company launched an iTunes competitor, the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, selling downloadable movies, TV, games, music and software. About half of Alias Systems’ customers were in the entertainment sector that BitTorrent is targeting.

Lafferty’s reaction to BitTorrent’s announcement: “Finally!”

BitTorrent DNA’s first major customer, Brightcove, delivers the streaming content for major content sites including CBS, MTV and Warner Music. BitTorrent hopes that Japan will serve as a model for where the American market might take legal P2P technology.

Via Wired

Is Comcast squeezing Joost bandwidth?

April 15, 2021

Update:

Now that this story has hit the front page of Digg (and since taken down as inaccurate) it becomes apparent that it is a false alarm. Many Comcast users are reporting success in using Joost. Keep reading if you are interested in the original post.

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Apparently Comcast subscribers have major issues running Joost. Users of the ISP are reporting that they can’t actually watch content on Joost. Here is what one of them has to say:

I also have Comcast and the inbound and outbound activity indicates that barely anything is getting through. Its outrageous to think that an ISP would block something like Joost, yet continue to allow bit torrent and other bandwidth intensive app. There is nothing other than comcast in many rural areas, thus many people will be entirely unable to use Joost.

Another Joost user claim:

I’m confident that Comcast is blocking joost. There are probably other ISPs doing this too.

I regularly use wireshark (http://www.wireshark.org) in my work in voip, so i did a “netstat -abno > netstat.txt” at the command line and used the find function to locate all of the port usage for “tvprunner.exe”. Here’s my resultant wireshark display filter:

“tcp.port==22289 || tcp.port==6430 || tcp.port==6319 || tcp.port==6320 || tcp.port==6321 || tcp.port==6322 || tcp.port==6333 || tcp.port==6431 || udp.port==22289 || udp.port==6345 || udp.port==6325″

I’ve got tons of chatter outbound, but virtually nothing inbound, except for periodic responses from 212.8.163.11 to my port 6333.

Though they eventually unblocked SIP (UDP 5060) for me, for a long time I had to use all sorts of tricks to get around the port blocking in order to work from home. I doubt they’re gonna budge on this one though.

Anti-competitive !@#$%^&*()s!, Comcast! If I could get any other fast connection… as soon my local metro fiber project comes past my house I’ll be dropping you like a bad habit. :-@

Is it actually true? I can’t tell right now. Is it done intentionally?

Is it a side affect of trying to limit Peer-2-Peer bandwidth across their network? If it is then this could spell trouble for Joost as it will heavilly rely on peer-2-peer for video content distribution.

Let monitor this and see what Comcast has to say about the whole issue.

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the BETA stage: Joost and the “Unlimited Internet”

April 10, 2021

The following is a summary of blog post written by Brad Levinson at thebetastage.com:

Of the many stories that they’ve been following, one has peaked piqued my interest as I consider the future of Joost and IPTV: that of “unlimited Internet.” According to the outlet, it seems as though Comcast’s unlimited Internet access is limited to under 300 GBs.

“Comcast accused Frank of downloading 305GB in November and 297GB in December. It’s Comcast’s policy to suspend any account that exceeds usage limits twice in any year. Doesn’t Comcast advertise unlimited use? What are the usage caps? Comcast representatives would only say ‘I’m sorry but I cannot divulge that information.’”

Frank has been banned from Comcast for a full year.

Joost’s website makes the following claim:

“The software downloads about 320MB per hour (as a maximum) and uploads up to 105 MB per hour.”

Add some BitTorrent. Add video podcasts. Add iTunes movie downloads at a gig apiece. Throw YouTube into the mix. Problems? The limit on this bandwidth usage can seriously bring the future of IPTV into doubt.

Is Comcast likely to lighten up? Make business deals with Joost? In my Comcast experiences, DVR is generally awful an unreliable, programming menus are outdated, On Demand menus freeze constantly, and the user interface is always terrible. It’s the lack of competition that is stifling the innovation of traditional television.

Been waiting for that for the last…oh, two years, ever since I had to return my TiVo because my Comcast cable box’s “auto-shut-off” power-save mode (with no option to turn this off) made my TiVo record nothing but a black screen.

Follow this link to read Brad’s complete post.

Joost… an old media way of doing things…

March 20, 2021

Ready to rumble? BitTorrent1 creator Bram Cohen had some fighting words for competitor Joost2 during a keynote at the VON New Video Summit on Monday. He even pulled out the dreaded “old media” slur.

“Joost is kind of a quirky thing, it’s fundamentally based on the channels concept, which, like I’ve said, is kind of an old media way of doing things…Pieces of content can be organized any which way, and a channel is just one of many ways of organizing those.”

The inimitable Cohen also bragged about having ten times as much video content as iTunes, discussed BitTorrent’s interest in supporting video with ads, mentioned the company’s upcoming “play on demand” P2P streaming option, and complained about Windows DRM affecting playback.

Source: http://newteevee.com/

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BitTorrent, Joost To Create TV Program Net Site

March 20, 2021

WARNING! MediaPost amended their story slightly since this news was posted this morning… It appears now as if BitTorrent does now want to team with Joost but actually build a similar service… competing with Joost.  I left the original mediapost text as a reference.  Please read the updated source text for more details:

Original Mediapost news content follow:

BIG PEER-TO-PEER INTERNET COMPANY BitTorrent says it wants to join the race to create an ad-supported TV program Internet site.

During a panel session at the OMMA Expo called “Big Media-Disintermediated,” Eric Patterson, vice president and general manager of consumer services for BitTorrent, said the peer-to-peer technology company will be looking to join Joost in launching a new Net TV service.

“We see us moving to an advertising-supported model at the end of the year so people can consume TV shows in the same way they consume programs on television,” said Patterson, who didn’t disclose any other details.

BitTorrent is a massive peer-to-peer technology company. Some 135 million people worldwide have downloaded files using BitTorrent, some one-third of all P2P traffic on the Internet. Last month, BitTorrent launched BitTorrent Entertainment Network, a new service that has compiled the rights to more than 3,000 movies, 1,000 games and 1,000 music videos from 34 participating content providers. The network has deals with Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and MGM.

Like iTunes Music Stores, the BitTorrent business is a pay Internet service, where users can rent movies for $4 each, download-to-own TV shows and music videos for $2 each. BitTorrent also plans to add a digital-rights-management-free music download service in the near future.

Recently, Joost, which said it would start an agnostic TV Internet service, announced it had a deal with Viacom. As part of the agreement, the big media company would provide Joost with hundreds of TV shows. Joost is in beta test right now, and will launch later this year.

Joost founders started up Kazaa, the peer-to-peer Internet music downloading Internet company, and Skype, the peer-to-peer technology Internet phone service. Like BitTorrent, Joost executives believe that using peer-to-peer technology averts the coming broadband capacity crunch.

Both Kazaa and BitTorrent have had a history of unauthorized digital-content distribution. Now the founders of both companies are setting themselves up to provide above-board digital-entertainment services.

Source: http://publications.mediapost.com/

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