Re: [videoblogging] does RSS suck up bandwdith?

On Sat, 25 Sep 2004, Jay dedman wrote:

>>> Question:
>>> do RSS readers use my bandwidth when they check for new feeds?
>>
>> Yes. Not enough to be a problem if your feed is not outrageously popular.
>>
>>> and if i have an enclosure in a post, does it suck up even more bandwidth?
>>
>> Yes. Potentially quite a lot, even at relatively low numbers of
>> subscribers.
>
> can you explain why?

One reason is that subscribers will always download, regardless of whether
they will listen, so your bandwidth will be higher no matter what.

Another reason is that some combinations of misbehavior by the RSS client
and server will lead to faults. EG if your server treats HEAD like GET,
or the client doesn't cache properly.

> does the RSS reader catually download the video each time it checks it?
> this is a huge problem for videoblogging if true.

It's a serious problem. I disabled enclosures in the Webjay feeds because
of it.

> what are the solutions?

Only serve enclosures over BitTorrent. If you want to use a normal web
server, either get rich or work with the podcasters to resolve the
problems.

-Lucas