Even BitTorrent Sites Are Serving iPad-Friendly TV Shows

Even BitTorrent Sites Are Serving iPad-Friendly TV Shows

The excellent iFlicks doing its job

If you live outside the U.S and UK, you’ll find that the easiest and quickest way to get your favorite TV shows onto your iPad is via BitTorrent. But until now, you had to do some heavy post-download processing to make the XVID files play on your iPad, or at least use third-party software to play it.

Now, many BitTorrent groups have switched to the x264 MP4 format for most new releases. That’s good news for iPad and Apple TV users, but there’s even more entertainment to be had from this story: The BitTorrent pirates are crowing about the switch and even threatening to boycott the downloads.

Yes, you read that right. Pirates are threatening to boycott illegal TV show downloads.

The reasons that groups like LOL, ASAP, FTP and YesTV are switching to MP4 is the same reason that everybody else is using it, says TorrentFreak. The codec allows better quality at smaller file sizes, and most modern devices sport hardware decoding of the format.

So why are the pirates whining so loudly, with all-caps complaints like ““F@#k LOL and their mp4′s” and “MP4 SUCKS AND IS A BULL SHIT FORMAT. AVI WILL ALWAYS BE KING. MORE TROUBLE THAN IS WORTH. TIME TO GET MY DOWNLOADS FROM A BETTER SITE THAT OFFERS AVI AND I KNOW A MAJORITY OF THE DOWN LOADERS WILL DO THE SAME”?

It turns out that they’re not so up-to-date after all. Many of the complaints come because these luddites are using DVD players to watch their TV shows — many DVD players support XVID-encoded movies. It’s not clear whether they are using USB sticks stuck into the players, or actually burning DVDs (the horror), but this all seems rather old fashioned.

The irony is that many AVI files have been encoded with x.264 for a long time now, and it takes seconds to re-encode them with an iPad-friendly wrapper — no transcoding required — with a Mac app like iFlicks. Sadly, this change doesn’t mean you can just drop your downloads into iTunes and have them sync across to your iDevice, even if you change the file extension to M4V. But it does mean that you can easily convert them with no loss of quality whatsoever.

What I most love about this story is the pathetic bleating of these pirates. If you care so much about these shows, why not pay for them?

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  • sasoon1

    “If you care so much about these shows, why not pay for them?”
    In most of the world you cannot…

  • tv_gadget

    “If you care so much about these shows, why not pay for them?”

    because you cant..if u wana pay you will have to wait 1 and a half year for the dvds to release..then they only release in the US UK and some other countries..but as you may have heard there are 7 billion people around the world who cant get their hands on the dvds because these companies dont release them there…

  • MJ

    You can download Gplayer for iphone and ipad.  It plays just about any video file including avi.  You don’t upload through itunes you upload through the gplayer app itself.

  • Shane Bryson

     Well then continue to download illegally and drive the price up for the rest of us. Stupid. If you can’t pay for it, you don’t get to see it. Plain and simple.

  • Shane Bryson

     Well then continue to download illegally and drive the price up for the rest of us. Stupid. If you can’t pay for it, you don’t get to see it. Plain and simple.

  • Shane Bryson

    So that makes it ok to steal? No. eBay. I have no sympathy for you.

  • tv_gadget

     how is it stealing? if they dont sell it to my country they are not expecting any kind of sales right? even if i was willing to pay for it they wouldnt get it because they are not selling the show in my country!! and its not hurting any one either!! if they really wanted my money they should’ve sold it here!!

  • Attila L.H. Major

    Man you are a huge jerk ! i also want to se tv shows and just cus im in denmark and cant buy it from the itunes store or else i download them that day it will come live on the itunes store i will stop torrenting.

  • Bob Forsberg

    Charlie, I don’t know what was more entertaining…reading your article or some of the comments from the basement dwellers, justifying theft.

  • Ricardo Morgado Ferreira

    Either that or VLC – the lucky ones who still have VLC after it was banned from iTunes Store.

  • Shaun Green

    I totally agree with you. Even in the UK most TV shows are not available to buy on iTunes. Often they’ll put just one or two series out of ten series on iTunes. That means if I want to watch the content on my computer/iPad/etc I have to buy the DVD and rip it into iTunes which is still illegal. If the content providers refuse to provide the content in a format that consumers what to buy it in then frankly they only have themselves to blame for illiegal activity, lost sales, etc. Just put the content on iTunes and give people the option to buy it. Piracy and bit torrents will soon go away.

  • roybenjamin

    In some countries downloading is NOT illegal. Just sayin… 

  • CharliK

    THAT I think is the crux is the matter. The nets have their stupid region rules and their reliance on the ratings. There are probably tons of shows that would more than make their budget if the nets and studios would add iTunes and Amazon buys to the make good, especially if they posted it within the week after OTA and in all markets. AND if they did these things they could find that there’s a lot less piracy because the shows would be available AND obtaining them legally can help keep them in production. Wouldn’t hurt if they had better audio, added features and better pricing as well. 
    but instead the nets have their ‘the old ways are just fine’ sticks up their butts and use excuses like iTunes makes it easier to pirate to keep things restricted. 

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