Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Friday, April 22, 2005

I got up this morning and checked my desktop (our ADSL is set wrong at the mo and only set at 128kbps down and 64kbps up which is ridiculous, since we're paying KYD$199 a month) and the web page I had opened up had auto-refreshed and had this message:

Sorry, but TVTorrents is down. No, I will not return. Sorry for any hassles. Thanks for all the memories and good times we had together in #tvtorrents. As of now, the channel will remain open, but stay +m (no talking).

Again, sorry for having to leave, but it became necessary. If you can donate to help with the pending settlement, please do so!

That sucks so much ass. I can see how some people would think that posting torrents/hosting trackers for TV shows (sans commercials) would be illegal, but I tend to look at it a different way:

I have a cable box. It costs me $56/month for basic cable. ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and then a bunch of other “basic” channels and then we also PAY each month for HBO, TMC, Showtime and Cinemax. WHAT is the “piracy” if I'm downloading shows that I'm ALREADY PAYING FOR? how is downloading tv shows any different from using a TiVo or other PVR? I'm time-shifting so I can watch the shows I want to watch when I want to watch them. I can see the illlegality of it if I didn't pay for any of it in the first place, but I AM paying for it. And since I'm PAYING for it, why should I have commercials shoved down my throat? That's a can of worms for another post, though. :)

Of course, the reason this site got shut down is because believe it or not, I'm not the only person in the world who uses the internet and there were bound to be people in other markets (overseas, etc) who otherwise would not see the shows, who are downloading the shows “illegally”.

I guess I'm going to have to go ahead and get a video card with video in and figure out some way to make Windows XP Media Center Edition work and pick up a copy (as in BUY, you maggots!) of Xbox Media Extender and use that to stream the downloaded content to the TV/Stereo.

Friday, April 22, 2005 5:48:03 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Links | Tech | Gaming#
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