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Bit torrent Question.. I need someone to walk me through like I am 5

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by scubagal, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Aug 6, 2009 #621 of 1232
    jilter

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    Great questions.... but, how would anyone here know absolutely for sure?
    It is all speculation, isn't it?
     
  2. Aug 6, 2009 #622 of 1232
    Ment

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    There are ways to be safer, using private trackers and vpns. With private trackers you have the hassle of getting in plus maintaining ratios and then hoping the MPAA/RIAA also didn't find a way to get invited and with VPNs most are slower and are pay-to-play since you are routing traffic thru them to hide your IP. Combining the two is the safest but also the most cumbersome.
     
  3. Aug 6, 2009 #623 of 1232
    mtnagel

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    Isn't it known that they will start downloading a torrent and then they can see all the IP addresses that have it or are downloading it and then can find out who goes with what IP?

    At least that's what I thought anyway.

    So with a private tracker, you assume everyone is "safe" (seems like a bad assumption to me) and with VPN, your IP address is different, so it looks like it comes from Nigeria or something and then what can the MPAA/RIAA do about it since it's not in the US? At least that's my understanding of the situation. I was hoping to be schooled about it.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2009 #624 of 1232
    mtnagel

    mtnagel Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I was typing when you posted.

    Seems like you confirmed my thoughts. Guess the VPN is good because I don't usually care about speed and $5 a month is pretty cheap protection.

    Of course, this is still for my friend.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2009 #625 of 1232
    Enrique

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    Just like anything is life, you don't know for sure. What's why I tell most people to limit themselves to the MPAA(Movies,Tv shows), which is less likely to come after you(Which doesn't mean they won't).


    http://torrentfreak.com/are-private-bittorrent-trackers-safe/

    Meaning, there is no such thing as "Safe" with Bittorrenting. Pick what you download carefully, but there are no guarantees with Bittorrenting(Like everything in life).
     
  6. Aug 6, 2009 #626 of 1232
    Ment

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    The BT protocol is itself the tracking mechanism. You're downloading from many computers that have the file or parts of files and in order to do that they need an IP address to communicate. So the MPAA/RIAA computer just records all the IP addresses downloading the file and then send notices to the ISP with a time/date stamp, then your ISP looks thru its logs and you get your letter.
     
  7. Aug 6, 2009 #627 of 1232
    mtnagel

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    Does anyone have a recommendation for a VPN?
     
  8. Apr 9, 2010 #628 of 1232
    skiguy32

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    Ok I was referred to a thread called "torrents for dummies" Am I in the right place cause I can't figure this out. A buddy of mine told me to ONLY download .avi files and so far I've downloaded 5 and only 1 would actually play but that was after I downloaded the Divx player. Where is a good place to find good quality and SAFE torrents? I was checking out "torrentz" and couple others and the best results (the top sponsered) at the top of the list takes me to a site called "Now Download All" and it cost many to sign up for which I wouldn't be totally against paying for it if I'm getting a great product. (but Free is better) Any advice?
     
  9. Apr 9, 2010 #629 of 1232
    mtnagel

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    I know many use private tracker sites, but I like isohunt. Wow, I just went there and they are completely different because of a court order. Looks like it's just a regular search engine now. Sad day for me :( So I guess I need to find out what others are using too.
     
  10. Apr 9, 2010 #630 of 1232
    mcb08

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    The torrentz site is good because they show you which files have been verified (with a checkmark beside). Ignore the sponsored link, and stick with btmon or thepiratebay....I've never had a problem with either. Also make sure to check the file details before you download. There are files that come compressed as .rar. I tend to avoid these, since it's another step to de-compress. I also use Vuze to convert the avi's to mp4's for my iPhone (it also automatically uploads to iTunes), and you can't do that for the rar files. I dont' know what kind of videos you're looking for, but tvtorrents is great for tv shows. You might be able to get an invite from someone here.
     
  11. Apr 9, 2010 #631 of 1232
    john4200

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    How scarce are the invites to tvtorrents.com? Can anyone PM me one?
     
  12. Apr 9, 2010 #632 of 1232
    photoshopgrl

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    I've been trying to get an invite for tvtorrents and bitmetv.org forever. I used to have accounts and they went inactive too long and were canceled. I just used piratebay now.
     
  13. Apr 9, 2010 #633 of 1232
    robojerk

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    I only use µTorrent. These articles I'm listing below are well written and are very helpful.
    A Beginner's guide to Bittorrent
    Bittorent's Future: DHT, PEX, and Magnet Links Explained
    Setting up RSS feeds in µTorrent for EZTV
    Bittorrent Tools & Tricks (extra info, might not be useful to you)

    Video Codecs Explained [Cached] - This will explain why some AVI files will play and some won't.

    You will need a codec to play the file
    Or use an alternate media player on your PC like VLC, GOM player or KMplayer. These players have the codecs built into the program so you don't need to hassle with codec packs.

    AVI is a high compressed file. Good quality AVI files will be about standard TV quality.
    MKV is the other popular format. The quality is similar to HD TV through your cable company. The files are much larger.
     
  14. Apr 9, 2010 #634 of 1232
    robojerk

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    Is there any benefits to tvtorrents.com compared to say EZTV
     
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    cherry ghost

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    ewolfr

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    I'm on tvtorrents and the shows get added almost as soon as they get released which is very nice. They also have tons of complete (and incomplete) seasons of older shows when you don't want the latest and greatest. Speeds are usually enough to hit 5-6MB on my seedbox. I highly recommend them if you can get an invite.
     
  17. Apr 9, 2010 #637 of 1232
    stlarenas

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    I would like an invite to TVtorrents if anyone has one to share. Thanks.

    EDIT: Got one! Thanks.
     
  18. Apr 9, 2010 #638 of 1232
    robojerk

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    EZTV is known for the quality of the videos they seed. They only release videos form trusted groups, and even then if the video is missing 3 seconds of sound or have other quality issues they'll release a PROPER or REPACK. For most shows 3 seconds of audio might not be a big deal but on there are some show that it would make me cry. I have a Demonoid account but I still grab my TV downloads from EZTV just because they don't release crap. There are too many badly encoded files out there where video and audio are not in sync.

    I never really looked into tvtorrents because it's private. when it comes to quality, how are they?
     
  19. Apr 9, 2010 #639 of 1232
    stalemate

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    Exactly like you described EZTV. If anything bad shows up it'll get nuked and rereleased as PROPER or REPACK.
     
  20. Apr 9, 2010 #640 of 1232
    super dave

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    How is EZTV, since this is the message my browser gives me:

     

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