S.Korea broadband firm sues Netflix after traffic surge

Mark Tinka mark at tinka.africa
Tue Oct 12 13:45:28 UTC 2021

On 10/11/21 22:57, Matthew Walster wrote:

> Ignoring for the moment that P2P is inherently difficult to stream 
> with (you're usually downloading chunks in parallel, and with devices 
> like Smart TVs etc you don't really have the storage to do so anyway) 
> there's also the problem that things like BitTorrent don't know 
> network topology and therefore only really increases the 
> cross-sectional bandwidth required.
> Not to mention that it has been tried before, and didn't work then either.

Yeah, and people also want to click a title and start watching immediately.

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but the way I know BitTorrent to 
work is the file is downloaded to disk, unarchived and then listed as 
ready to watch. It also assumes the device has all the necessary apps 
and codecs needed to render the file.

On the other hand, BitTorrent could just make an Apple 
TV/PS4/PS5/Xbox/whatever-device-you-use app as well. But I doubt that 
will work, unless someone can think up a clever way to modify BitTorrent 
to suit today's network architectures.

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