“Democracy Now!” available via BitTorrent

While I was installing BitTorrent on my Mac, I read the Wikipedia entry for BT and learned that Democracy Now! is available via BT. In fact, they have a pretty nice “how-to” page for BT that covers the basics pretty well.

DN is providing relatively high-quality video of their hour-long daily news program, so these files are pretty big: approximately 400 MiB or about 2/3’s of a full CD-ROM. Between the much larger file size and the larger number of simultaneous downloaders, the performance of the Torrent was much better than my Omni download. I downloaded Friday’s DN! program that afternoon and had about 20 members in the swarm, whereas when I downloaded OmniOutliner I was directly connected to a seed since nobody else was downloading at that time.

I’ll have to try slurping up DN! on Monday morning when it’s fresh. Presumably there will be a larger swarm which should improve performance even further.

Update: 2006-01-02 05:59:29 I just downloaded this morning’s episode, 418 MiB in 110 minutes, or about 65 kiB/s. There were only a few more members of the swarm (22-24), but performance seemed quite a bit better.

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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One Response to “Democracy Now!” available via BitTorrent

  1. Tarzan says:

    Works great in combination with http://www.seedpeer.com

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