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Netflix Downloads BitTorrent Piracy

Netflix isn’t just hurting pay TV, it’s also slowly killing online piracy

By on January 21, 2016 at 12:58 PM.

Netflix isn’t just hurting pay TV, it’s also slowly killing online piracy

Netflix is slowly killing pay TV, no matter how upset NBC might be about it. Or, at least, it’s the driving force that turns more and more people to streaming services – after all, Netflix isn’t the only major streaming service out there. But in addition to reshaping our expectations surrounding television, Netflix is also slowly killing online piracy. And studios and TV networks alike should be thrilled about that. More →

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Netflix Vs BitTorrent

Netflix still dominates online streaming, and is slowly killing BitTorrent

By on December 8, 2015 at 7:55 PM.

Netflix still dominates online streaming, and is slowly killing BitTorrent

If you need any evidence of Netflix’s ongoing dominance in the online streaming space, look no further than the sheer amount of bandwidth the service eats up relative to everyone else. According to recent data compiled by Sandvine, Netflix-related bandwidth —  measured during peak hours — now accounts for 37.05% of all Internet traffic in North America.

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BitTorrent Traffic Decline

Netflix and YouTube continue to steal market share from BitTorrent

By on September 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM.

Netflix and YouTube continue to steal market share from BitTorrent

With an easy to use interface and an abundance of $0.99 songs, Apple’s iTunes Music Store famously helped phase out illegal file sharing networks. In a similar vein, it appears that affordable video streaming services are slowly but surely putting a dent in the popularity of BitTorrent.

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Irony: Popular illegal download service wants you to pay for its software

By on August 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM.

Irony: Popular illegal download service wants you to pay for its software

Apps that allow users to download torrent files are usually used for grabbing copyrighted content that’s illegally hosted online. Most such apps are available as free downloads, but one popular torrent app is exploring options to make its users pay for the app. More →

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Netflix’s popularity is killing BitTorrent

By on May 29, 2015 at 2:48 PM.

Netflix’s popularity is killing BitTorrent

When the iTunes Music Store first launched back in 2003, its success proved that consumers are more than happy to pay for content if it’s a) affordable and b) easy to access. In a similar vein, Netflix is apparently putting quite a dent in BitTorrent, something it’s been doing for a few years now.

A recent report from Sandvine indicates that Internet traffic from Netflix is surging. During peak Internet hours in North America, Netflix is responsible for 36.5% of all Internet traffic. And in step with Netflix’s rise in popularity, we’re seeing a corresponding decline in traffic from BitTorrent.

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The people behind BitTorrent made a messaging app to protect you from spying

By on May 14, 2015 at 7:50 AM.

The people behind BitTorrent made a messaging app to protect you from spying

BitTorrent has released a new application that lets you safely communicate with friends without worrying that anyone could spy on any of your messages. Called Bleep, the app works on iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows and supposedly offers better protection than any of its competitors, as it features end-to-end encryption and peer-to-peer functionality. More →

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Netflix For Pirates Streaming Torrents

‘Netflix for pirates’ brings streaming video to BitTorrent users

By on March 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

‘Netflix for pirates’ brings streaming video to BitTorrent users

If Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus are any indication, torrenting isn’t quite the destructive force many groups have made it out to be. Torrenting is a popular alternative to legal streaming, buying and renting, but the abundance of poor quality torrents coupled with the unfriendly method of acquiring movies and TV shows through torrenting has kept a majority of viewers glued to their TVs, browsers and tablets. If watching a ripped movie was as easy as logging into Netflix, would the tides turn in the favor of torrents? The creators of Popcorn Time want to find out. More →

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Billboard Top 100 Torrenting Fines

Torrenting popular songs could result in automated fines

By on February 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Torrenting popular songs could result in automated fines

You might want to watch your back if you were considering torrenting any of those catchy pop songs you keep hearing on the radio. According to TorrentFreak, piracy monitoring firm Rightscorp now protects over 1 million copyrights, including 13 tracks on the Billboard Hot 100. Rightscorp has already closed more than 50,000 cases since its recent campaign against piracy began. More →

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Study shows P2P music thieves also buy more music than everyone else

By on October 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM.

Study shows P2P music thieves also buy more music than everyone else

Study P2P Users

The recording industry may loathe users who illegally download free music using peer-to-peer technologies such as BitTorrent, but it turns out that these music thieves are also the industry’s best customers. Per TorrentFreak, a new survey conducted by the American Assembly non-partisan public affairs forum shows that while P2P users do download a lot more free music from the web than non-P2P users, they also buy a lot more music through legitimate venues as well.

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Comcast has been well-behaved ever since the FCC smacked it down over BitTorrent throttling

By on August 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM.

Comcast has been well-behaved ever since the FCC smacked it down over BitTorrent throttling

Comcast BitTorrent Throttling Plummets

As amazing as it may seem, corporations’ behavior can change when federal regulators decide to step in. TorrentFreak reports on a new study from Measurement Lab showing that Comcast (CMCSA) has dramatically reduced the amount of BitTorrent traffic shaping it does despite being one of the worst offenders in the industry just a few years ago. Overall, the study found that Comcast has throttled just 3% of all BitTorrent traffic on its network in 2012, a significant drop from the days when it would routinely throttle around 50% of BitTorrent traffic. More →

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BitTorrent piracy found by study to boost music sales

By on May 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM.

BitTorrent piracy found by study to boost music sales

BitTorrent Piracy Study

A recent study found that contrary to arguments repeatedly posed by major record labels — and perhaps contrary to logic as well — BitTorrent piracy has a direct correlation to increased album sales. Between May 2010 and January 2011, North Carolina State University assistant professor Robert Hammond tracked BitTorrent download statistics for new albums ahead of their releases. He then compared his data to music sales figures and found what he believes to be a connection. “I isolate the causal eff ect of file sharing of an album on its sales by exploiting exogenous variation in how widely available the album was prior to its official release date,” Hammond wrote in his paper. “The findings suggest that fi le sharing of an album benefi ts its sales. I don’t fi nd any evidence of a negative e ffect in any specification, using any instrument.” Of course, the case may simply be that popular music is popular music; whether consumers steal it or buy it, massive marketing budgets help ensure that people are exposed to labels’ premier acts as much as possible, thus promoting demand. More →

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Hurt Locker producers file suit against 2,514 BitTorrent users

By on April 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM.

Hurt Locker producers file suit against 2,514 BitTorrent users

Voltage Pictures, the production studio behind the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker, has filed a new lawsuit in a federal court in Florida, according to TorrentFreak. The studio’s latest complaint targets at least 2,514 alleged BitTorrent users, whom Voltage Pictures claims pirated the film and cost the studio millions. The company last year filed a joint lawsuit against more than 30,000 alleged BitTorrent users who illegally downloaded the film. The case closed this past December, with Voltage Pictures collecting an undisclosed number of settlements. The studio’s latest suit looks to obtain a subpoena that will order ISPs to reveal the identities of the defendants. The alleged pirates will then be offered a settlement of about $3,000, the report claims. All of the defendants allegedly downloaded the film in 2010 and are Charter Communications subscribers. More →

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BitTorrent inventor’s new p2p tech could ‘kill off television’

By on February 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM.

BitTorrent inventor’s new p2p tech could ‘kill off television’

BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen took the stage at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit on Monday and gave onlookers a live demonstration of his new peer-to-peer live video streaming technology. Cohen’s new tech is potentially capable of streaming live video to millions of Internet-connected devices without the need for a central infrastructure, and he said the protocol could be used for video conferencing or even streaming sporting events. “My goal here is to kill off television,” Cohen joked to GigaOm at the summit, adding that he developed the new technology from scratch because earlier peer-to-peer technology introduces too much latency for live applications. Cohen said he is in discussions with several potential partners regarding implementations for the new technology, but there are currently no firm launch plans for products based on the new protocol. More →

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