Comcast Finds A New Way To Be A Bastard

August 17, 2007

Comcast Throttles BitTorrent Traffic, Seeding Impossible
Over the past weeks more and more Comcast users started to notice that their BitTorrent transfers were cut off. Most users report a significant decrease in download speeds, and even worse, they are unable to seed their downloads. A nightmare for people who want to keep up a positive ratio at private trackers and for the speed of BitTorrent transfers in general.

Unfortunately, these more aggressive throttling methods can’t be circumvented by simply enabling encryption in your BitTorrent client. It is reported that Comcast is using an application from Sandvine to throttle BitTorrent traffic. Sandvine breaks every (seed) connection with new peers after a few seconds if it’s not a Comcast user. This makes it virtually impossible to seed a file, especially in small swarms without any Comcast users. Some users report that they can still connect to a few peers, but most of the Comcast customers see a significant drop in their upload speed.

The throttling works like this: A few seconds after you connect to someone in the swarm the Sandvine application sends a peer reset message (RST flag) and the upload immediately stops. Most vulnerable are users in a relatively small swarm where you only have a couple of peers you can upload the file to. Only seeding seems to be prevented, most users are able to upload to others while the download is still going, but once the download is finished, the upload speed drops to 0. Some users also report a significant drop in their download speeds, but this seems to be less widespread. Worse on private trackers, likely that this is because of the smaller swarm size.

Advance notice to Time Warner: do not try to pull this shit on Roadrunner.

Comcast will eventually be the ISP of decrepit senior citizens who will ooh and ahh over the miracle of that there internetworkthingie.

If Verizon was smart, they’d aggressively target Comcast areas for building up FIOS.


What Shall Be Done?

August 16, 2007

BitTorrent Anime Downloaders Identified, $3500 Bill in the Mail

Odex Pt. Ltd is a Singapore-based company that distributes anime in South East Asia. Created in 1998 it started distributing anime in 2000, later with titles such as Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam and Chrono Crusade.

In 2007 a decision was made in the company to start targeting people who share their material via BitTorrent after they claimed their sales had dropped 60-70 percent in just 2 years.

Jaysus! If I had a business and was losing that much, I’d go apeshit too. But given the new realities of the Net, I’d try to devise a way to get back some of that lost money without provoking death threats.


ABC Kicks NBC’s Ass For Fall TV Buzz

August 14, 2007

While NBC dithers over leaking Journeyman (do it!do it!do it!), ABC is holding a free advanced screening of the much-buzzed Pushing Daisies. If you live in the Los Angeles area, check this out.

WHEN: On Thursday, August 16, at 8:00 p.m. PT,
WHERE: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

I mean how can you pass up a screening in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery?! This is one of those days that I wished I lived in L.A..

Hey, NBC! You can get more advance viewers by leaking than by a public screening. Hint bloogy hint!

Update: I snagged a poster ad.

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Previously in this blog:
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman NOW!
Now NBC Has Pissed Me Off!
Journeyman: Interesting Bits
Hey You Three. Email NBC!
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?


Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman NOW!

August 14, 2007

Which new fall series have you buzzing?

Definitely “Chuck” and “Pushing Daisies.” I’ve seen the pilots for both and “Chuck” was great, but “Pushing Daisies” was superb. After “Dead Like Me” and “Wonderfalls,” it may have finally elevated Bryan Fuller to the top of my list of favorite television writers. “Daisies” is just so unique, imaginative, sweet and clever. But “Chuck” is very good popcorn entertainment.

OK, the cat’s out of the bag. Pushing Daisies is the ABC show I alluded to in earlier posts. (No, I haven’t seen it. I’m still reserving time for Journeyman!)

Hell, this person even said something good about Chuck — which, as you will recall, has also been leaked.

It’s time to leak Journeyman, dammit!

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Previously in this blog:
Now NBC Has Pissed Me Off!
Journeyman: Interesting Bits
Hey You Three. Email NBC!
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?


Now NBC Has Pissed Me Off!

August 13, 2007

A series that just got on my radar — Chuck — has been leaked!

I mean, come on! It looks like Greg Brady for the ’00s!

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Greg, is that you?

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Greg, what are you doing looking so young?

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Hey, Greg, how’s Marcia and Jan?

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Not Chuck: Greg Brady!!

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Previously in this blog:
Journeyman: Interesting Bits
Hey You Three. Email NBC!
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?


Journeyman: Interesting Bits

August 13, 2007

NEW SHOWS: IS ‘JOURNEYMAN’ TV’S TAKE ON ‘TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE’?

In “Journeyman,” a San Francisco reporter, Dan Vasser, discovers he can travel back in time. It becomes clear that there’s a reason for this ability: He’s meant to change the past in certain ways involving a stranger. But he has trouble resisting the opportunity to change things in more personal ways, especially since, in the past, he’s able to see once again the fiance he believes died in a plane crash.

BY THE BOOK?
When the “Time Traveler’s Wife” comparisons first surfaced (first question!), creator Kevin Falls joked “I didn’t read ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’. Let’s just remember right now, I don’t want to start litigation, I did not read ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.” Falls later said he read “50 pages” of the book when comparisons began to arise, and that he felt the two concepts were very different.

Dammit. I saw this book when it first came out and forgot to request it at the NYPL (just did!).

And in the Comments of the above is this bit:

My brother works in the film business and sent me a copy of the pilot…its absolutely incredible!!

[sarcasm on] Wonderful! [sarcasm off]

Why should NBC be leaking Journeyman like crazy? Look at this press release about public awareness of new TV series:

Top 10 New Shows on Awareness
Bionic Woman (NBC)
Cavemen (ABC)
Kid Nation (CBS)
Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Cane (CBS)
Next Great American Band (FOX)
K-Ville (FOX)
Journeyman (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Reaper (CW)**
Gossip Girl (CW)**
Chuck (NBC)**

**indicates tie for 10th place

Out of ten, it’s only number eight! Even worse:

Top 5 New Shows on Intent to View (Will Definitely Watch)
Bionic Woman (NBC)
Cavemen (ABC)
Kitchen Nightmares (FOX)
Private Practice (ABC)
Cane (CBS)*
Pushing Daisies (ABC)*
K-Ville (FOX)*
Kid Nation (CBS)*
Reaper (CW)*
Next Great American Band (FOX)*
Journeyman (NBC)*
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)*

It then drops to number nine! Even worse:

Top 5 New Shows on Buzz
Cavemen (ABC)
Bionic Woman (NBC)
Kid Nation (CBS)
Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Kitchen Nightmares (FOX)*
Private Practice (ABC)*

*indicates tie for 5th place

It’s not even in the Top Five of Buzz!

How sick is that?

And guess what, NBC? One of those Top Five Buzz series? One of them is the pilot from ABC another broadcast network that’s been leaked onto the Net!

Personally, even though I’m delighted that my surname will soon be on everyone’s lips thanks to CBS — and that series is number five on two of the three listsI have absolutely no plans to watch it!

And this: Everyone keeps mentioning Quantum Leap in the same breath as Journeyman. Stop it already. It’s not. And I hated Quantum Leap and couldn’t watch a single episode.

Journeyman is the only series that interests me.

Leak the damn thing, NBC. Get the buzz started!

Additional:
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Prologue

Bonus:
NBC shows some clips in a Primetime Preview — embedded video. Screensnaps:

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Previously in this blog:
Hey You Three. Email NBC!
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?


Hey You Three. Email NBC!

August 13, 2007

Search result that brought people to this blog:

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Or signup and post on their damned board!

BCJman08

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Nope, not leaked yet. I’ve looked. I do that just about the first thing when I get on the Net.

And, hey NBC, consider this:

Whether it is on purpose or not, these pre-airs that have surfaced on the net are serving a purpose. They are building a fan base and at the same time turning people off, which is actually a good thing.

Let’s use some simple numbers. 1,000,000 download the leaks. 500,000 like it and decide to become viewers of the show. 500,000 decide not to. — So the TV airing have gained 500k constant viewers instead of getting 1,000,000 on week one, and then the next week having that drop dramatically by 50%, which doesn’t look good.

Get what I mean?

That’s a post on a site devoted to a TV series whose pilot has already been leaked. (No, I won’t provide a link or other details. Except to say it’s a pilot for ABC — uh, a rival broadcast network!)

Previously in this blog:
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?


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