Web based bittorrent support

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We recently came across a new bittorrent service called Torrent Relay that features an innovative yet simple function: it allows you to download torrents to web-enabled devices like the PlayStation 3 and iPhone. Torrent Relay works by having the user surf to their site using the web-enabled device and upload a local copy or enter the url of a torrent file. The file is downloaded as normal, only all the work happens on Torrent Relay servers. It works especially well with Mininova, using torrent IDs from the site instead of the torrent’s URL. Once Torrent Relay has the completed file it sends it to the web-enabled device. It is not without a few kinks, however, as it only seems to be able to download a single file from a torrent whether or not it contains more than one, and it has a size cap of 400MB for that file. That limit means you’re probably just going to be watching television and not grabbing ISOs, albums, or movies. Far from perfect, but how else are you supposed to watch Battlestar Gallactica on your iPhone?

Comments

  1. jonouk says:

    oh dear. Here we go again.

  2. dj1298 says:

    no hack, no care

  3. Anonymous says:

    it seems that juan does not want to listen to our pleas. He appears to be the major perpetrator of this crap. He has made good posts in the past, and the molten slag hdd destruction one seemed like a step in the right direction, but hes gone back the other way.

  4. Jimmy Bob says:

    Absolutely fantastic, hardware platforms that don’t officially support torrents can benefit immensely!

    I was trying to use this for Archos, but the site seems to be having issues. I’ve emailed the site’s creator Kevin Kowalewski as mentioned on a another site and he said hes looking for a fix within the next two days.

  5. tjhow says:

    wow, this site sucks now..

  6. Louis says:

    Wait… this isn’t a hack… wtf?
    *confused*

  7. Liam says:

    I’m sure plenty of services have done this already. I’ve been using bitlet for ages now.

  8. carlsonmark says:

    Anybody who wants hack-a-day “classic”, change your bookmark to:
    http://www.hackaday.com/category/daily/

    Or for the rss feed:
    http://www.hackaday.com/category/daily/rss.xml

    Yeah, I know it’s not fun to have to change your personal habits, but it’s way easier than trying to get hackaday to change.

  9. vsnine says:

    @carlsonmark:

    You got it in one, Hack a Day is changing! how do you expect a site to survive if it doesn’t grow? I remember when Mr. O’brien was barely posting every day, now we’re getting at least 5 or more! Please stop trolling!

  10. jonouk says:

    @ vsnine

    Quality, not quantity my son,

    Cheers for the tip carlsonmark

  11. Kevin Kowalewki says:

    As we all know, BitLet is a Java Applet and not an entirely web based solution.

  12. carlsonmark says:

    @vsnine: Personally, I enjoy the new content. It appears that some people do not and have not figured out the ‘daily’ tag yet, so I figured spamming the ‘daily’ tag URL for a day or two may benefit those who didn’t even know they were looking for it!

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