“Netflix to use Bittorrent for streaming video”



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Netflix appears to be in a hurry to start implementing P2P technology in its streaming video platform, possibly using the Bittorrent protocol.

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Great. More of my bandwidth and computing power used so a company can make more money by using less servers.


They will need to make the ability to seed/share optional as otherwise they’ll face problems with customers with low monthly caps.

For example, 3G/4G based providers and even many DSL ISPS have data caps of 60GB or less, in which case watching a popular movie could result in one’s data usage allowance being quickly eaten up.

Even with unmetered connections, Netflix will need to offer some sort of incentive to encourage people to seed, as I’m sure they’ll not get away with just making their player silently seed as a hidden or system tray process like most BitTorrent clients do.

One incentive that may work is if they offer credit for seeding. For example, 1c/GB, so those with fast unmetered connections would effectively get Netflix for free for using their bandwidth.


I agree. P2P’s major drawback is that it can double (or more) your bandwidth usage. Instead of downloading, your both downloading/uploading content.  With most ISPs implementing caps, this has to be considered a fail. Â


This could be a security risk to Netflix users, as some rouge user could upload mareware, rather than video streams. I would not suggest taking part in this setup at all. Unfortunately, the only way to not be on the recieving end of this scheme is to cancel netflix. Seeing as how instrumental Netflix was in convincing W3C to sell us out (that is, to incorporate DRM into the web itself), I’d say now is as good of a time to cancel as any.