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What are Bit
Why Should I Care?
this! It Works!
Remember Napster? You could download any song ever recorded
(illegally) for free! Now BitTorrents does for TV and other
media, what Napster did for music. You can now download
thousands of TV shows (illegally) for free! The only
requirement in this operation is that you have a high speed
BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol for distributing
files. P2P just means that you're not downloading from a
company's server, the file is coming from another PC, just
like yours. It makes use of the upstream bandwidth of every
downloader to increase the effectiveness of the distribution
as a whole, and to gain advantage on the part of the
You see, while you're downloading a file from the Internet,
thousands of bytes of data are being sent to your modem, but
you're just sending out a few bytes to let the host of that
file know you're getting it, but you could be using all that
power to send a file to someone else at the same time.
Complicated? Yes, it's very complicated, but luckily, we don't
need to understand any of it. I missed a TV episode I
wanted to see and a friend told me to download it from a BitTorrent. Not what I wanted to hear, I was way too busy to
take time to learn something new. Within a couple minutes my
missing episode was being sent to my computer, and without any
complicated software or instructions.
Here's what you need: First you need a BitTorrent
client. This is just a small program that performs all that
P2P magic I was talking about. Here's where you get the
BitTorrent.com. When the
download is complete, run the program to install it, and
within a few seconds, you'll be looking at a picture of Bram
Cohen, the author, suggesting you donate some cash. Donations
are optional; you'll have plenty of opportunities for that
later. His page pops up every time you start a download with BitTorrent.
Before we start the fun part, I just want to tell you, I've
had my techie security people tell me that the BitTorrent
software is safe. They tell me it's not Spyware, and until you
start a transfer, the program is dormant, not in memory or
doing anything nasty. However, by using the software, and the
links on this site, you agree not to hold my organization or
me liable for any damages you may bring upon yourself from
exchanging files, links or software.
Now you're all set. Set to download the world!! All you need
is something to download… hmm… Oh yeah, here are a few
thousand shows to start you off:
In order for you to download a show, there must be a seed file
for it. Fans maintain the seed files, and they can take them
down whenever they feel like it. This means that not all shows
are available all the time. For the most part, you'll find all
the recent shows you thought you missed, from Kerry vs Bush
Debate 2004 (there's a keeper) to last Sunday's episode of
Tip: Torrents can take a real long time to download, even with
a high-speed connection. I prefer to set up a transfer before
I go to bed, and I always wake up to good TV. By doing this,
you are leaving your BitTorrent client open, thus helping
others get their files faster. This is all a transparent part
of the torrent process. When you get up in the morning, feel
free to close your BitTorrent client. You won't be cutting
anyone off, their transfers will continue from other users.
Using the File You Downloaded: Most of the files are mpg or
avi format files. You can play them in the Windows Media
player, RealPlayer may also be set up to handle these files.
Many of the files are created with software that requires you
to use special drivers called "codecs." One popular codec is
the XViD or DiVX codec. Go to:
then click on " Koepi's Binary - XviD-1.0.2-29082004.exe"
. Save it, then run it. If you then get a 2000 or 8192 error,
then download the AC3 codec from here:
If the idea of installing this software makes you nervous,
don't worry. If you don't like it for some reason, it all
uninstalls just as easy.
So now you're ready. You've browsed through the
directory and found tons of stuff you want. I was really
pleased by the quality of the video, all better than VHS.
Here's the bad news: You're a lawbreaker. Sharing files is on
the gloomy side of legal. So far, they're not going after the
torrent sites, let alone those that use them. As a vender of
TV DVDs, I don't think downloading episodes of shows I forgot
to tape hurts anything, however, if you look around Supernova,
you'll see they have links to copyrighted video games, full
length movies (like The Stepford Wives, White Chicks, and
Spiderman 2), music from Abba to Usher and Yngwie Malmsteen.
There's software from Microsoft and Corel and audio books and
all kinds of stuff. I heard someone is putting up a BitTorrent
porn site, which might be fun, but not on this site.
Downloading software, torrents are fairly anonymous, you don't
know where it's coming from. It's not a good idea to run
programs downloaded in that fashion. The video files in mpg,
or avi format are much safer and not likely carriers of