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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Wikipedia Began Supporting BitTorrent Powered Streaming

Wikipedia Began Supporting BitTorrent Powered Streaming

Wikipedia Began Supporting BitTorrent Powered Streaming

Added: Friday, October 15th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
BitTorrent has added video streaming capabilities through the Tribler client, and more recently uTorrent. However, thus far the largest sites have been lacking the implementation of those techniques. All this changed a few days ago when the Wikimedia Foundation cooperated with P2P Next in order to implement BitTorrent-powered video streaming for their content.

As you know, there’re plenty of ways the BitTorrent protocol can be used to help distribute information, and it’s much more than just a way to violate copyright. Many educational institutions and largest websites and companies, such as Twitter and Facebook, have been using BitTorrent for sharing information between servers for a while now. Today another huge Internet player decided to adopt BitTorrent technology.

The entire Wikimedia Foundation, including Wikipedia, recently announced the start of using BitTorrent for streaming its videos. The company is using Swarmplayer developed by P2P-Next in its attempt to cut down on bandwidth costs, as video content becomes too widespread on their different project websites, such as News, and Quotes and others. The foundation announced that eventually those costs could saturate its budget and cut the other projects on resources. That’s why the company began searching for advanced content distribution methods and partnerships.

The system they opt for uses a mix of BitTorrent peers and webseeds to spread the load. The content is divided in such a way that the pieces of high priority, such as the beginning of the clip, are pulled through more traditional HTTP sources, and the rest of the pieces go through the BitTorrent protocol.

Wikimedia admits this technology is very important and needs exploring. So far about 6,000 videos on the Wikimedia servers are already set to use this technique, and the new ones that are being added will be set to use it as well.

Thus far, Swarmplayer is available as a plugin only for Firefox of 3.x version, while an IE and Chrome plugins are promised to be available soon. However, no Opera and Safari plugins are planned, though users can create their own ones since the code is open source. P2P-Next admits that BitTorrent protocol is another step to strengthen online TV, with a long-term goal to provide consumers with more choice, higher quality, and enhanced reliability in comparison with traditional TV technology.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article



By:
SaM
October 15th, 2010

Posted by: 
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Date:  Friday, October 15th, 2010



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