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  Reply # 387034 2-Oct-2010 09:09
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Fraktul: I had to pay by TV license fee the other day to pay for the content you are accessing illegally!


IIRC the TV licence in the UK is not for paying royalties. It's a subsidy to other broadcast services and managed by the BBC.

They collected 3.4 billion pounds in 2007/2008 - and I think it's the most completely utter non-sense in technology.





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  Reply # 387040 2-Oct-2010 09:14
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By testing my Vodafone broadband bandwidth on speedtest I can see that even after 8pm my bandwith is around 3Mbits per second - which should be ample.  However going through blackvpn it drops to 0.22Mb/sec


Tests like Speedtest are rubbish, I suspect.

ISP routers priortise their traffic so they get amazing speeds while at the same time you can't get a low-res YouTube vid to play without stopping 20 times....and a torrent to 40PCs at 4kbps each crawls like a one-legged drunk climbing a sand dune.   




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  Reply # 387044 2-Oct-2010 09:20
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Fraktul: I had to pay by TV license fee the other day to pay for the content you are accessing illegally!


IIRC the TV licence in the UK is not for paying royalties. It's a subsidy to other broadcast services and managed by the BBC.

They collected 3.4 billion pounds in 2007/2008 - and I think it's the most completely utter non-sense in technology.



I've come full circle on that. I remember when TV in NZ was much better with a license fee and 2-3 channels.

The BBC kills all competition for program quality. The REASON their content is restricted to the UK only is Rupert Murdoch and Conrad Black and other media moguls threatening the Blair government with wall-to-wall bad press if the good stuff was allowed to be accessed world-wide.....cutting the audiences for their private rubbish.

I watched the debate at the time. the Telegraph (Black) and the Sun and Times (Murdoch) trashed the BBC to further the business interests of their owners.....and we all lost out.

I know who the enemy really is....and these days it's usually the owner of your local branch of the media multinational propagandizing you in support of their business interests...like invading Iraq and other obviously daft ideas that were good for profits in the short term for their global masters.    

Example: The NZ Herald insists on characterising people opposed to selling farms to non-resident foreigners as "Xenophobia" and "racism" instead of addressing the real issue of economic sovereignty....because if they apply the same logic to NZ media....we'd force APN to sell the Herald - and Fairfax who own everything else in print (and CanWest-Global who own most radio and TV3/C4) - to someone who actually lives here and has a stake in what happens to people here.

The only "local" mass media in New Zealand belong to the Government...and all of us. Which is why it under constant attack from the multi-national privateers (translation: whenever National is in office. They should be the "multi-National Party") as the BBC has been for the past decade....and that's why we can't watch iPlayer here.   

Bring back the license fee and support the expression of views and values from people who actually live here.




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  Reply # 387178 2-Oct-2010 19:04
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I wouldn't agree that torrenting is a more efficient method of routing traffic. The idea behind bittorrent is sharing as you download so you'd use more bandwidth torrenting than simply streaming it directly.

Having said that, I prefer torrenting as you're able to access higher quality files.

Disclaimer: I have no problem paying for content I believe is worth it. I do, however, take issue with content which is never made available internationally or if it is the time it takes renders a lot of the commentary obsolete etc...

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  Reply # 387204 2-Oct-2010 21:04
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torrenting can take advantage of your isp's caching system.
Streaming requires special multicast functions in the hardware between you and the streaming server




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Reply # 387337 3-Oct-2010 10:32
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Fraktul: I only put my 2c in as I had to pay by TV license fee the other day to pay for the content you are accessing illegally! Wink Cry me a river.


Fraktul, you are awesome.

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  Reply # 387547 4-Oct-2010 09:07
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raytaylor: torrenting can take advantage of your isp's caching system.
Streaming requires special multicast functions in the hardware between you and the streaming server


Actually most of the time it doesn't, pretty much every mainstream media site uses unicast streams. And there are caching technologies available to cache them. Some ISP's in NZ have these in place.

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  Reply # 387559 4-Oct-2010 09:36
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freitasm:
Fraktul: I had to pay by TV license fee the other day to pay for the content you are accessing illegally!


IIRC the TV licence in the UK is not for paying royalties. It's a subsidy to other broadcast services and managed by the BBC.

They collected 3.4 billion pounds in 2007/2008 - and I think it's the most completely utter non-sense in technology.



Having grown up with the BBC, I would happily the license fee here if I could tune my TV (and radio) into it.

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  Reply # 390536 11-Oct-2010 15:53
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I stumbled across this thread whilst trying to figure out why I am having trouble streaming the BBC radio through BBC iplayer, which of course does not require dubious vpn's.
My ISP is slingshot on a 2Mbit plan. I've had this streaming problem for about three weeks or so. Tried phoning SS but hung up after 20mins.. I can't be bothered to wait hours for someone to answer only to say that there is nothing they can do!!
Any suggestions?

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