No but really this is changing my life
pols n poles
Mmm woke up this morning with such a hankering for web content my goodness
God bless the conversations in this south suburban starbucks
Eh, not my telos. I’m probably overestimating bandwidth costs relative to licensing costs anyway.
So there’s this new application called “popcorn time” that’s basically free, unlimited Netflix in terms interface and content, but relies on BitTorrent technology to stream everything. All the coverage so far has been about piracy, but really this makes me wonder why every streaming media company doesn’t work this way. Netflix, Spotify, Rdio, YouTube, etc. consume incredible amounts of bandwidth streaming content from central servers to individual users. Plus, ISPs can throttle that bandwidth to extort money from content providers.
So why not just rely on BitTorrent to distribute all streaming media files? Just cache files in a proprietary encrypted format on PCs. You wouldn’t have to pay nearly as much for all the bandwidth since the vast majority of connections would be peer to peer. Plus, stream quality scales automatically with popularity. If everyone is streaming, say, True Detective, then there are millions of copies of that content to draw from, some of which may be physically closer to the viewer (and thus better able to connect) than the copy on the central server. I know less about the ability of ISPs to throttle P2P traffic, but if you encrypt it, how would they be able to tell it from Skype or BitTorrent or any other P2P connection?
Brb, starting a Netflix clone except I charge $5.99 because I only have to buy 5% of the servers and bandwidth of my competitor.
personal suggestions: hot dogs, floral-scented candles, One Direction, Gossip Girl, lasagna, homemade chocolate chip cookies, people watching, long walks in sunshine with headphones and sunglasses, decorating your dream home…
Stress absolutely ruins me and I think most of my problem is that I haven’t really come up with a good way to deal.