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Bob Kohm
03-13-2011, 10:45 PM
OK, after playing with my new Droid X and finding out that I can watch pretty much any tv show on it using the TVShows HD app, I'm starting to wonder hwy I can't do that on my computer. What am I missing? I'm guessing that this is what torrents are about, but I've never explored them. Where do I start?

johnnya24
03-13-2011, 11:53 PM
Download utorrent or any trusted torrent client. Utorrent is small, fast and resource friendly.

Then go to a torrent site (Piratebay and kickasstorrents are the largest general torrent sites ... but there are many specific sites dedicated to any and all things: documentaries (MVGRoup.org), TV (eztv.it), music etc), search for what you want, and click the download link.

General rules of thumb ... the more Seeders (S) and Leechers (L) the more trustworthy the file. Never download anything with very few seeders unless it is rare material. Look for files that have been upload by trusted seeders ... most sites have different ways of showing this.

The torrent program will open and download your file ... you can at this point choose which files to download and which to exclude (e.g. you only want 2 songs from a record ... unclick the ones you don't want).

I would also download and install Peerblock, and run this whenever you are downloading something.

I would also advice not to be seeding (sharing) anything that may have copyright issues after your download is complete. To do this simply remove the file from the utorrent program once it is at 100%.

That is pretty much it.

Edit: I'm assuming you are planning to download via your PC / laptop ... not via your phone ... I haven't heard of anyone downloading torrent on their phone.

GwynnInTheHall
03-14-2011, 02:48 AM
DO NOT SEED!!

If you seed, you leave yourself open to having your internet shut off by your provider-- it happened to me after reading the last 'Torrent 101'

be safe, keep a restore point handy cuz some of those downloads can infect your computer.

johnnya24
03-14-2011, 09:08 AM
DO NOT SEED!!

If you seed, you leave yourself open to having your internet shut off by your provider-- it happened to me after reading the last 'Torrent 101'

be safe, keep a restore point handy cuz some of those downloads can infect your computer.
You have to be careful what you are seeding. I will seed documentaries and very rare material (music) for a while, but never anything that could lead to a copyright infringement complaint. Peerblock is a good shield while you are downloading.

You can avoid infection by only downloading from trusted uploaders, by checking the comments that have been posted in the torrent thread, and not downloading torrents with low seeds (unless from a trusted source).

By following some basic self-protection measures, I have never had a problem with torrents ... they are much much safer than old P2P clients (Napster, Kazaa etc) because the community essentially rates the file.