what the hell is Bit Torrent anyway?????

In my search for understanding the landscape we videobloggers are working
in…i found this good interview with a co-foudner of battle Torrent..now Blog
torrent.
Basically its a file-sharing method that lets you trade extremely large fiels
very fast.
They started it to trade music…but video is coming.
I grabbed some choice quotes…

http://grep.law.harvard.edu/features/04/08/26/0236209.shtml

"People have technology to easily record and edit music and videos on their
computers, but there's still no good way to distribute that content without
pretty serious web hosting and some know-how. This is especially true if what
you make might get popular– and on the internet you never know. BitTorrent
can solve this, but it has serious ease of use obstacles. Right now you need
to know a decent amount about computers to run a torrent tracker on your own
website and people who try to get a Bit Torrent file for the first time need
to go through a few avoidable steps that can discourage them."

Connecting BitTorrent to your TV would take all of this to the next level.
Right now, for example, it wouldn't be hard to put together a set-top box like
a TiVo that pulled content using BitTorrent from RSS feeds onto a hard drive
to be watched whenever. You could do it for cheap too: a $90 used X-Box on
eBay can run linux, and it's got all the hardware you need (okay, the hard
drive is a little small, but it would be plenty for a couple days worth of
compressed content). And the software's already been written, it's called
Torrentocracy, check it out. The trick is packaging it all up so that you
don't have to be a linux hacker to make it happen.

It doesn't sound so spectacular at first, but think of how amazing it would be
if something like this took off. People love to watch TV, but right now the
pipe into peoples' televisions is a closed channel, controlled by a handful of
bureaucratic corporations operating in an incentive structure that doesn't
encourage quality. Once people start getting their TV through the internet,
that channel's open, and everything that's true of websites and blogs will
suddenly apply to television. Sure, people would keep watching TV shows and
Hollywood movies, just as bloggers still read the Washington Post and the New
York Times. But there would also be a huge opportunity for new things to sneak
into the mainstream– anything you make could suddenly end up on someone's TV.
That's going to get a lot more people into the game, which means more
creativity and eventually much better creative works. And if I'm watching TV
in the morning while I'm eating my cereal, I would definitely check out a
channel of weird internet videos and crazy flash stuff– I mean, there's no
commercials and it'd be a lot more entertaining than most things on TV.


Jay Dedman
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