[vlc-devel] [WIP PATCH 0/4] Access module torrent/magnet

Jonathan Calmels jbjcalmels at gmail.com
Fri Jan 30 01:21:13 CET 2015

2015-01-29 17:02 GMT+01:00 Rémi Denis-Courmont <remi at remlab.net>:

> Le jeudi 29 janvier 2015, 16:03:58 Jonathan Calmels a écrit :
> > This set of patches allows the streaming of torrent files and magnet
> links.
> > The module depends on the following library: libtorrent-rasterbar.
> I don´t think the benefits of this outweigh the bad press and the cost of
> carry
> a hot potato. This is very likely to get VLC banned in many places, and as
> a
> developer I would rather not have my name associated a tool that sports
> such
> feature.

Well that's one point of view. I personally think that it's a great feature
to add.
I don't see why VLC would get banned for the implementation of a new
Sure, the Bittorrent protocol is often known for its use in piracy but I
don't blame say HTTP for serving illegal content.
Moreover there are some nice initiatives out there that would benefit from
it (e.g http://kck.st/1wUW4gy).
Also, what do you mean exactly by the association of your name with this
feature ?

> Besides the Torrent protocol is optimized for downloading before playing.
> Sure, you can abuse the protocol to perform sequential live reading, but
> what
> is the point, over using HTTP then?

HTTP was not designed to stream multimedia content either and Bittorrent is
built with decentralization in mind.
Sure, it's not optimal and there are few tricks we could do to improve
things, but tools like uTorrent have been doing that for years now
(featuring VLC as a backend :) ).
I'm not saying it's perfect but it's worth considering ...

> This is not very different from the ed2k plugin that was intently never
> merged.
> IMSNHO, this too is better left as a separate plugin.

> --
> Rémi Denis-Courmont
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