[vlc-devel] [Videolan-devel] Bittorrent VoD

Juan Cristóbal Olivares cristobal at cxnet.cl
Tue Dec 22 20:29:48 CET 2009

2009/12/22 Rémi Denis-Courmont <rem at videolan.org>

>        Hello,
> Le mardi 22 décembre 2009, Marijn Swenne a écrit :
> > I'm looking into making a Bittorrent VoD integration for VLC. So in
> > other words, being able to open a BT metafile in VLC as you would a
> > HTTP file and start viewing it before the whole file is downloaded.
> > Obviously you'de need a BT client that supports VoD. I was looking
> > into using http://www.rasterbar.com/products/libtorrent/ which has a
> > BSD-license and modifying it to become a VoD client.
> In my understanding, the BitTorrent protocol is fundamentally
> incompatible with video on demand. VoD requires data to be fetched
> linearly. BitTorrent fetches file chunks starting from the scarcest to
> the most commonly available. This enables users to trade chunks, thus
> maximizing the bandwidth usage. But then, you need to fetch the
> complete video file before you can play it with a media player. Then,
> VLC will be just worse than a dedicated BitTorrent client.
> AFAIK, there's a variant for streaming (.tstream files). Take a look:

> --
> Rémi Denis-Courmont
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