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Torrent-Vision : A New TV Torrent Tracker From XWT Crew

you have been around the BitTorrent scene for a while, you are bound to have heard about XtremeWrestlingTorrents (XWT for short). It is a long standing, veteran private tracker and one of the most popular sites indexing Wrestling content. Up until recently, XWT had two other sister sites, XWT-Classics, a wrestling tracker dedicated to classic content, and All4Nothing, a General/0Day torrent site. Well, the XWT family of trackers just got a new member, this time a specialized TV tracker in the name of Torrent-Vision.

Torrent Vision Logo

The welcome message on forum gives you a brief idea about what this tracker is all about:

Welcome to Torrent-Vision. We are a Dedicated TV Show website that aims to bring you all of the latest shows, packs, classic seasons and much more.

The tracker launched just about 2 months ago, and has gained some ground during this time. It currently tracks over 1200 TV torrents, and boasts an impressive registered users base of 7000 members. Indexed content is pretty much what you would expect from a TV tracker; individual episodes of latest shows, and full season packs of previously aired content. Actually, Torrent-Vision already indexes 200+ packs, which is quite an achievement for a two month old private torrent community.

Torrent-Vision Torrents

For those of you worried about not being able to maintain a positive ratio due to capped bandwidth or slow upload speeds, good news is this tracker employs a seed points system which rewards you based on the TIME you seed a torrent, with no concern over how much data you actually uploaded:

In order to help our site have as many members as possible seeding torrents we have now added Seed Points. This means for every hour that you seed a torrent, you will receive 0.25 points. You can then trade your points for Upload Credit, Invites or a Custom Title!         Even if you are not uploading on a torrent, you WILL still receive points. We are hoping this new system will keep our older torrents alive for longer.

Currently, Torrent Vision not a TV tracker that can rival the heavyweights such as BMTV, BTN or TvTorrents.com. However, given the success of XWT crews successful tracker portfolio, you can expect good things coming from Torrent-Vision. And of course, signups are still open as of 12/1/2012.

Site Name: Torrent-Vision (http://torrentvision.net)

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Posted by plates55 - December 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again, ‘Pacific Rim’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘White house Down.’ ‘Elysium’ completes the top three.

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This week we have two newcomers in our chart.

The Internship is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row.

The data for our weekly download chart is collected by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

Week ending Oktober 13, 2013
Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
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Posted by plates55 - October 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm

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Breaking Bad Finale Clocks 500,000 Pirated Downloads

The season finale of Breaking Bad has resulted in a record number of pirated downloads for the popular TV-series. Just 12 hours after the first copy appeared online more than 500,000 people had already downloaded the show via various torrent sites. Most downloaders come from Australia, followed by the United States and the UK, where thousands of file-sharers prefer unauthorized copies over legal alternatives.

bbOne of the main motivations for people to download and stream TV-shows from unauthorized sources is availability.

If fans can’t get a show through legal channels they often turn to pirated alternatives.

However, the series finale of Breaking Bad shows that there are more factors at play. Despite the availability of legal options, in many countries there are those who still prefer to download a copy from unauthorized sources.

Data gathered by TorrentFreak shows that 12 hours after the first copy of the episode appeared online, more than half a million people has grabbed a copy through one of many torrent sites. Never before have so many people downloaded a Breaking Bad episode, making it a strong contender for a top spot in our most-pirated TV-shows of the year chart.

So where are all these pirates coming from, and why aren’t they going for the legal options?

Based on a sample of more than 10,000 people who shared the site via a BitTorrent client, we see that Australia is once again in the lead with 18 percent of the total. This means that a large group of Aussies prefer to torrent the episode instead of watching it on the pay TV network Foxtel.

In the U.S. and the U.K the legal availability on Netflix couldn’t prevent people from pirating the final Breaking Bad episode either. With 14.5 and 9.3 percent these countries are second and third respectively. India and Canada complete the top five with 5.7 and 5.1 percent of the total.

Looking at the list of countries below it’s clear that piracy is still rampant, even in countries where people do have the option to watch the show legally.

One of the explanations for this defiant behavior is that these downloaders simply prefer to torrent the show out of habit. As reported earlier, even among those who have a Netflix subscription, many prefer to grab a copy via torrent sites as they find it more convenient.

In other cases people may find a pay TV subscription too expensive, or they simply prefer to watch the show at their own leisure instead of following rigid TV-schedules

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Posted by plates55 - October 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm

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20th Century Fox Sues ‘Impatient’ Homeland Pirates

In Germany several major Hollywood studios are cashing in on BitTorrent pirates, charging hundreds of euros for illegally downloaded movies and TV-shows. While the studios have the right to protect their work, the efforts are double-barreled as they regularly hit the most engaged fans who have no options to watch the content legally. 20th Century Fox’s campaign against “Homeland” downloaders is a prime example.

homelandGerman Internet subscribers can be held liable for almost everything that goes on via their connections, with or without their knowledge.

As a result, copyright holders have started hundreds of thousands of lawsuits against alleged pirates, demanding settlements ranging from a few hundred to thousands of euros.

In Germany these “trolling” ventures have attracted the attention of the major Hollywood studios. 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros Entertainment are actively patrolling the Internet for people who download their work without permission.

The studios use similar monitoring tools as they do in the United States, where file-sharers are approached outside of court with a slap on the wrist or a $20 fine. In Germany, however, the stakes are much higher.

For example, 20th Century Fox is sending alleged file-sharers a 726 euro ($980) bill for downloading a single episode of the TV-series Homeland. For several months the Hollywood studio has been tracking unauthorized downloads of Homeland’s second season, which has yet to air in Germany.

20th Century Fox settlements letter

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While these downloads are unmistakably unauthorized, it is ironic that these lawsuits target the TV-show’s most engaged fans. These people don’t download because they refuse to pay, but because they have no legal options at their disposal.

In Germany, Homeland’s second season starts airing next week, a full year after the U.S. premiere. It is inevitable that some of the most passionate fans don’t have the patience to wait this long before they can enjoy their favorite show legally.

Still, the Hollywood studios regularly single out these unavailable releases for their legal efforts. According to Christian Solmecke, a German IT lawyer who has defended hundreds of file-sharers, these shows are regularly targeted.

“The sharing of English-speaking TV series is particularly popular in Germany as these releases are often delayed. As a result, warning letters are regularly received for such copyright infringements,” Solmecke told TorrentFreak.

Unlike in the United States, Internet subscribers have no option to protest a copyright holders’ request to hand over their personal details. Paired with the fact that German ISPs can only store IP-address information for a week, this leads to a situation where personal details of accused subscribers are handed over pretty much automatically.

For the letter TorrentFreak received, the court signed off on handing over the subscriber data within a day of the IP-address being tracked. This is a worrying development according to legal experts and privacy advocates. The low retention periods for IP-addresses are meant to protect the privacy of users, but the opposite may be true in this case.

“I find it shocking when an IP-address is processed by the court on the same day as the infringement takes place,” Solmecke tells TorrentFreak.

“After all, judges should examine each claim on a case-by-case basis. In practice, however, the process is completely automatic and despite this obligation, it is unlikely that the judges properly scrutinize each individual case.”

The Hollywood movie studios, and dozens of copyright holders with them, are more pleased with how the system works. They are literally cashing in on these BitTorrent pirates to the tune of millions of euros every year.

Previously we pointed out that many major music labels and game publishers including CD Projekt have also been involved in the German settlement scheme. After public outcry, mainly targeted at the questionable reliability of the evidence, the latter retired its legal crusade against pirates.

“We value our fans, our supporters, and our community too highly to take the chance that we might ever falsely accuse even one individual,” CD Projekt’s Marcin Iwinski said at the time.

Whether 20th Century Fox and others respect their ‘fans’ just as much is doubtful.

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Posted by plates55 - September 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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Rankings show colleges’ torrenting traffic

While headlines this week are focused on U.S. News and World Report‘s newest college rankings, there is another ranking making the rounds that universities probably don’t want to be at the top of.

TorrentFreak released Monday a list of schools with the most BitTorrent downloads for 2013. Topping the chart is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (perhaps not surprisingly, TorrentFreak writes), with 1,935 recorded “hits” of torrenting activity. Rutgers, New York University, University of Houston and Texas A&M followed, all having at least 900 downloads.

Torrents allow users to share large files online, though they might best be known for the copyrighted content people illegally distribute through them. Searching a popular torrent website can quickly yield free copies of everything from the week’s top albums to libraries of classic films.

Because everything that’s transferred via torrent is public online, it’s easy to trace where the files originate from, says the list’s author and TorrentFreak’s founder, who writes under the pseudonym Ernesto Van Der Sar.

“Traditionally there has been a lot of talk about downloading at universities and colleges, and legislation in the U.S., which tries to prevent it as much as possible,” he says. “Entertainment companies are pushing the universities to educate their students about copyright and that they shouldn’t download illegally.”

These numbers are relatively small, Van Der Sar says, because of pressure on colleges and universities to report and punish students caught spreading illegal content. Colleges often warn students the first time they’re caught, he says, but punishments can escalate up to suspension or expulsion

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Posted by plates55 - September 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

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TOP Bittorent sites 2012

Continuing a long-standing New Year’s tradition, today we present an up-to-date list of the world’s most-visited BitTorrent sites. At the start of 2013 The Pirate Bay continues to pull in the most visitors, followed by  KickassTorrents and Torrentz. Household names BTJunkie and Demonoid have dropped off the list as both sites are no longer online.

Which torrent sites get the most visitors at the start of 2013?

Traditionally BitTorrent users are very loyal, which is reflected in the top 10 where most sites have had a consistent listing for more than half a decade. This year there are a few movers and shakers, as well as several newcomers.

The most notable absentees this year are BTJunkie and Demonoid. Both sites have been featured in the top 10 since 2006, but went offline in 2012. BTJunkie permanently quit early last year and Demonoid’s future is also uncertain after it disappeared during the summer.

The first newcomer in tenth place is H33t, which has been growing steadily in recent years. The second newcomer is TorrentReactor, one of the oldest torrent sites around that makes its comeback after not making the list last year.

Then there is also a group of notable sites that didn’t make the cut, but deserve a mention. YIFY-torrents.com for example, which launched late 2011 and has grown exponentially since. Also worth mentioning are the Pirate Bay proxies, including Pirateproxy.net, which in itself almost deserves a spot in the top 10.

Below is the full list of the 10 most-visited torrent sites at the start of the new year. Only public and English language sites are included. The list is based on various traffic reports and we display the Alexa and U.S. Compete rank for each. In addition, we include last year’s ranking for each of the 10 sites.

Did we miss anything? Feel free to join the discussion below.

1. The Pirate Bay

To many people The Pirate Bay is the equivalent to BitTorrent. The site was founded in 2003 and is still expanding, despite the various legal troubles and new blockades in the UK and the Netherlands. The Pirate Bay currently has well over a billion page views a month.

Alexa Rank: 74 / Compete Rank: 398 / Last year #1

2. KickassTorrents

KickassTorrents was founded in 2009 and has moved up in our top 10 year after year.  Responding to increasing worries over domain seizures, the site moved from its kickasstorrents.com domain to kat.ph in 2012. This year the site continued to grow, despite being blocked by Italian Internet providers.

Alexa Rank: 116 / Compete Rank: 719 / Last year #3

3. Torrentz

Torrentz has been the leading BitTorrent meta-search engine for many years. Unlike the other sites featured in the list Torrentz does not host any torrent files, it merely redirects visitors to other places on the web. The site uses several domain names with the .eu being the most popular.

Alexa Rank: 166 / Compete Rank: 882 / Last year #2

4. IsoHunt

Two years ago isoHunt became the first search engine forced to implement a keyword filter provided by the MPAA. Despite this setback, isoHunt continues to be listed among the world’s top torrent sites. isoHunt is currently trying to get rid of the filter through the Appeals Court.

Alexa Rank: 213 / Compete Rank: 1,935 / Last year #4

5. ExtraTorrent

ExtraTorrent continues to gain more traffic and has moved up again in the top 10, now being the 5th most visited torrent site. This success didn’t go unnoticed to rightsholders groups such as the RIAA and MPAA who have called out ExtraTorrent as one of the top pirate sites recently.

Alexa Rank: 279 / Compete Rank: 1,973 / Last year #6

6. 1337x

1337x focuses more on the community aspect than some competitors. The site’s owners say they started 1337x to “fill an apparent void where it seemed there was a lack of quality conscience ad free torrent sites with public trackers.” The site moved up from spot 10 last year to 6th in 2013.

Alexa Rank: 1,031 / Compete Rank: 9,228 / Last year #10

7. EZTV

Unlike the other sites in the top 10, TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is a niche site specializing in TV content only. It was one of the newcomers last year despite being around for more than 7 years, and is relatively popular among Australians. Because of its focus on TV-content EZTV’s traffic varies in line with the TV-seasons.

Alexa Rank: 1,128 / Compete Rank: 16,622 / Last year #8

8. Bitsnoop

BitSnoop is one of the largest BitTorrent indexes, claiming to index a massive 19,091,736 torrent files at the time of writing. The site’s traffic continues to grow steadily, as do the DMCA notices that it receives.

Alexa Rank: 1,159 / Compete Rank: 5,648 / Last year #9

9. TorrentReactor

TorrentReactor is back in the top 10 after dropping off last year. A few months ago the site was blocked by a court order in Italy, but the site nonetheless continues to gain visitors.

Alexa Rank: 1,314 / Compete Rank: 4,530 / Last year #NA

10. H33t

H33T has been around for many years and has built a dedicated user base, mostly in Europe and Asia. Despite the wishes of the music industry, the site isn’t yet blocked by any court orders. The site made the news a few months ago when its owner took a stand against the avalanche of copyright takedown requests.

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Posted by plates55 - March 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

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The top 29 torrent sites (that is right…29)

I use the following  for my client I prefer utorrent 2.2.1

For the sites I only use two.   Two that I have been on for over 5 years probably more like 8-10.

Anyway   1)  BITSOUP

2) Torrentleech is my other.

3)  I also have a search site that I like to use to obtain hard to find items

 

29. BTjunkie

January 2012: BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down its operations. BTjunkie was a solid torrent service for reasons of its massive database, its email updates of new additions, its Twitter updates and useful reporting and comment features. Many users will miss having this website. RIP, BTjunkie!

28. Torrent Cafe

This young new private site needs users, but About.com readers already like the service.  The interface is not as clean as some of its competition, but the seed-to-leech ratios are excellent right now.  Sign up and give Torrent Café a try… let us know what you think of it.

27. Torrents.to

This site has a Tonga country domain name, but certainly offers plentiful metasearching of movies and music in English and Spanish. There are some popup advertisements that are annoying, but perhaps you might like the framed interface for searching other torrent sites.

26. The Blues Brothers

Blues Brothers is a private site with a strong community and file-sharing ethic. As a private site, you can expect the leeching (selfish) users to be reduced. The BB community also strives to police itself by carefully watching each member’s upload ratio… if you abuse your ratio, you are blocked from downloading until you donate. This policy may seem a bit harsh, but members seem to really appreciate it.

25. Torrent Pond

Torrentpond.com has been recommended by several users.  As a meta-searcher, Torrentpond will scour other sites for you, atempt to filter out old and fake torrents, and then offer you an easy-to-browse list.  It also showcases recent torrents, which is a good feature for regular downloaders. The advertising is plentiful, and you will need to tune it out and go around some popups, but the thorough searches are often worth it.

24. Cinema Torrents

CinemaTorrents.com offers something really unique: IMDB ratings and vote information right on the search page. You can see public opinions on the movie itself before you download.

23. BitToxic.com

While the name is awkward to type, these folks offer a solid semi-private search site. The memberships might be closed soon, so visit them right away!

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22. Meganova/SeedPeer

Meganova, which has been rebranded as “SeedPeer”, seems to be slow to load these days. Nevertheless, readers have commented that they like this site. New visitors should note the “keyword cloud” wall of text on the home page (this cloud gives you a quick sense of what are popular search phrases lately).

21. The Pirate Bay

Back in April 18, 2009: the Stockholm district court sentenced the four Pirate Bay founders to a year in prison, and over $USD 3.5 million in fines. This is as punishment for violating their country’s copyright laws. (More on this shocking court ruling here).  Since then, TPB has come back with a revised format hosted in a different country.  TPB is a resilient fixture in the P2P world, and loyal users continue to support this excellent site.

20. ExtraTorrent

ExtraTorrent is a crammed-looking site, and yes, it has popup advertising that can be annoying. BUT: this cluttered site also offers some really packed information that many users will appreciate:  the torrents have movie plot summaries, photos of the actors, user comments on the stories, names of the users who verified the torrent, and visual crosslinks to similar movies.  I personally like that ExtraTorrents features some really obscure gems in the left column… a very helpful feature for real movie and TV buffs looking to discover new shows.

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19. yourbittorrent.com

This site is simple and clean, with almost no advertising.  The results are fast, easy to scan, and plentiful.  You have to love a simple and straightforward service that delivers convenient and quick results… like yourbittorent.com delivers for downloaders.

18. IPtorrents

IPtorrents is an exclusive torrent site that accepts only people who are personally invited by existing members. Members who invite leechers (“cheaters”) are banned from the site, which promotes a careful loyalty amongst its members.

17. Torrent Tree

Gary and his team of P2P programmers bring us a new site in Ajax code language. Like any metasearch engine, Torrent Tree pulls its results from many other search engines. But Torrent Tree pulls *more* search results than any other current metasearch site. Definitely give these new players a try.

16. BiteNova

Formerly known as “Bi-Torrents”, BiteNova is a free Torrent site with a spartan look and fast searching format.

15. Fenopy

Fenopy has some compelling features. Fenopy is fully integrated with IMDB and Last.fm radio, so it has some friendly methods for browsing and discovering movies and music. A graphics gallery of large and motivating thumbnails adorns the home page, and the fake finder feature is also very useful for avoiding bad files. Definitely give Fenopy a try.

14. Torrentz

Special thanks to reader, Jonathan R., for this recommendation. The “verified” filtering feature of this site makes it a good choice for downloaders.

13. Linux Tracker

User mcangeli has recommended this linux-focused site.  Linuxtracker.org offers more linux and OSS torrents than nearly all of its current competition. If you are a linux and open source software fan, give Linuxtracker.org a try.

. ShareReactor

ShareReactor is a search engine for both bit torrents and eDonkey 2000 (“ed2k”) file formats. While eDonkey is not nearly as popular today as it was in 2002, some people still use ed2k networking.

11. TorrentZap

TorrentZap is not as large of a catalog as other torrent search engines. And, as with all sites, you need to endure advertising to keep it a no-cost service. But the interface is clean, bright, and easy to navigate.  Try this site out, skip past the ‘external search results’ to find the real torrents at TorrentZap, and let us know what you think.

10. Torrentbit

Torrentbit.nl is the same as Torrentbit.net.  This site is another plain-looking interface that delivers very good selections and surprisingly useful service.  Serious P2P users will like that you can search for torrent hashes and torrent trackers here. There is even an RTS (real time status) feature that lets you check for current seed count with a single click.  Definitely try Torrentbit and let us know how you like this site.

9. Plentyoftorrents

PoT is a kind of launchpad search engine that offers choices where you want to search. Multiple users have recommended Plentyoftorrents this summer; let us know what you think of this site.

8. VCDQ

VCDQ.com is technically not a torrent site… rather, it is a verification site that employs a committee of serious users to confirm torrents. Ideal for movie fans who are seeking new releases, VCDQ.com will indeed tell you if legitimate torrent files have been found and verified for that particular movie. You just need to copy the torrent names and paste them into a torrent search engine like Isohunt.com to locate the seeds. Definitely give VCDQ.com a try; this is a great resource for avoiding fake torrent files and finding true files faster.

7. Nowtorrents.com

Now Torrents (allegedly) offers a special service: it filters out fake/dead torrents in real time. It also offers date-range searching, so you can search for specific years of content (e.g. Flight of the Conchords, 2008).  This makes Nowtorrents very useful if you are seeking obscure older torrents, or if you are seeking very new torrents.

6. Bitsoup

Bitsoup is a favorite with some P2P downloaders, but this summer 2010 has not been a warm time at the Bitsoup community. There are allegations of draconian forum moderation and heavy-handed administrators being abusive to members. If you try Bitsoup, let us know how they treat you there.

5. LinuxTracker.org

Linux users: rejoice! Here is a niche site for your niche tastes in software! Get legal Linux/Unix files, applications, virtual machines, and more.

4. Gpirate.com

GPirate claims to be the largest torrent search engine today. It does have an amateurish look and feel to its interface, but it does yield large result sets. Give GPirate a try, and let us know if you like the service.

3. Thunderbytes

Thunderbytes has gone to a membership-only private format. There are many pros and cons to private sites; oftentimes, they are the best way to get help and recommendations from others. You need an invitation to join TB, or you can become a sponsor with a small donation. Give these folks a try, as they come highly recommended as a P2P site.

2. btscene.com

btscene is a longtime player in the file sharing game. This website does have annoying popups and adult advertising, but it does offer a solid library of torrents. It does a good job of featuring very recent torrents (good for people who follow television shows), and presenting many browsing choices at a glance.

1. Torrenthound.com

 

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Pirate Bay Founder Arrested in Cambodia

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm has been arrested in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.  Svartholm, known online by his nickname Anakata, was sentenced to one year in jail for his involvement in The Pirate Bay but has been missing for some time.  Svartholm was wanted internationally but exact details as to why he was arrested have not yet been made public.

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Posted by plates55 - September 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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Is ABC Starting to Understand BitTorrent Demand?

Interesting news coming out of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) shows that maybe BitTorrent pirates have a point when it comes to not waiting for TV shows. In an attempt to dissuade Aussie punters from torrenting the show, ABC has announced it will offer this weekend’s new Doctor Who episode on its iView service as soon as it finishes airing in the UK.

TV shows are often the most popular torrents out there, and the resurrected sci-fi series Doctor Who has an ardent following. Since it rematerialized onto our screens in 2005 it has rapidly gained a substantial and ‘hard-core’ following world-wide.

But thanks to Twitter and Facebook, as well as the more old-fashioned forums and email lists, a storyline can be ruined by ‘spoilers’ emanating from those in regions who gain access to the show first – a recurring theme of the BBC show over the last years.

It’s about time someone started paying attention to the concerns of fans – something we pointed out back in 2008 – so ABC’s decision to place the show on its iView service is strongly welcomed.

“Piracy is wrong, as you are denying someone their rights and income for their intellectual property,” said ABC1 controller Brendan Dahill.

“The fact that it is happening is indicative that as broadcasters we are not meeting demand for a segment of the population. So as broadcasters we need to find convenient ways of making programs available via legal means to discourage the need for piracy,” he added.

The Dr Who show will be available on the iView ‘catch up’ service moments after the episode finishes airing in the UK, although those who prefer to watch on their TV will still have to wait until September 8th. While fans would prefer it aired sometime on the Sunday, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

This is not the first time a sonic screwdriver has been pointed at a broadcast schedule. Transatlantic Whovians got a taste of same-day showings last spring, and will do so again this year. For others however, FACT’s actions against the expat-focused site UKNova over the weekend could not have come at a worse time.

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Posted by plates55 - August 29, 2012 at 7:09 am

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Has Conduit hijacked your browser? Here are instructions fro deleting it>>!!!

Conduit sells search engines to sites that install the engine to hijack home  pages. I purchased a product from Ashampoo, and rejected the option to install  the Bing Ashampoo search bar, yet it was installed. The code of my hijacked home  page is http://search.conduit.com/?ctid=CT2475029&SearchSource=13. Conduit  evidently is in some partnership of revenue sharing of the hijacked home pages.  A Web of Trust search will show many complaints from users. Conduit Engine shows  up in my add/remove programs, but failed to uninstall, and the “uninstall” was  preceded by some direct script code that quickly popped up and then disappeared,  I assume so that the search bar cannot truly be uninstalled.
A Google  search of Conduit Engine will result in complaints by users who want to  uninstall the search engine, but are having problems.
Because my edit  varies greatly from the advertiser’s own description below, I will leave their  ad, until more research can be done, that justifies taking their advertising  down. Do be aware that they are associated with home page hijacking and spyware, to  persons who do not desire to have their engine. I have discovered this from Web  of Trust and Google. I hope to have my answer improved, once I have discovered  how to have their spyware removed. I welcome any answers that can improve upon  mine. I will also post how to remove the engine once I am successful.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_conduit_engine#ixzz1lbvRrEvj

 

Conduit bundles a hidden “toolbar” and other apps with other companies’ software,  pays them a kickback because they are willing to hide from the end user that  Conduit products are being allowed to install secretly alongside what the user  actually wanted.
The outcry is widespread but they seem to still be  getting away with it.
They pretend to address the issue here  http://www.conduit.com/Community/Forum/Questions.aspx?fpage=10&threadid=8423
But it is clear that the attempt is  disingenuous.http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6122_102-504164.html
In my  case, Bit Torrent did me the disservice. I thought they were still the open  source industry leader in free and reliable torrent apps, but I was clearly  mistaken. Had to uninstall secretly included addons in all browsers, as well as  removing toolbars and hidden client apps via Add/Remove function. Seems to have  worked. We’ll see.
Their claims are below…   ==================================
Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_conduit_engine#ixzz1lbvdmEny

 

HOW to delete:

If you are using Firefox, uninstall it from the addons.
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If it still will not delete/

 

Boot computer up into safemode and then delete it.  That shouod work.

 

1) To get rid of the Toolbar / widget things, you need to go to Tools > Add-ons > Plugins, and uninstall the two entries pertaining to BitTorrent and Conduit. You will need to restart Firefox twice for this. Check that they are both gone when you have restarted.

2) To remove the Search Box hijack, click on the down-arrow next to the search box (it will probably have a Google symbol next to it) and select Manage Search Engines. Then select any search engine you don’t like the look of or recognise – you will be surprised how many there are – and for each one click Remove.

3) They were the easy bits. Now to remove the Conduit Engine itself.

You need to have Firefox shut down for this, as it restores some of the files upon shutdown to prevent corruption. First, locate you Roaming Application Profiles. You will need to be an administrator to do this, but assuming you are, in Explorer select Tools > Folder Options > View tab (if Tools is not visible, hit Alt) and ensure the radio button for “Show hidden files, folders and drives” is selected and “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” is unchecked (you will be asked to confirm this).

Find your profile. This will be located in your home drive (probably C:) in the “Users” or “Documents and Settings” (for XP) folder, so in my case it is C:\Users\Keith. Ensuring you have Folder View open, click on the {profile} folder and in the right-hand pane locate AppData (or Local Settings\Application Data for XP). Within this is the folder “Roaming”, within which is the Firefox Profile folder, e.g. {profile}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.

Beneath that is your random profile ID folder, which will be something like “1234abcd.default”. This folder I will call {fprofile}.

First, locate the pesky Conduit Engine folders, which contain most of the gubbins associated with this monster. Delete the folders {fprofile}\conduit and {fprofile}\CT2790392 (I can’t vouch for this exact number, but it seems to be standard at the moment).

Find the file {fprofile}\prefs.js and save a copy of this with a .backup extension. Right click on prefs.js and select “Edit”; this will (should) open the javascript file in Notepad.

You need to remove all references to Conduit:

First, delete every line beginning with the following:

user_pref("CT2790392. user_pref("CommunityToolbar.

Second, locate the following line:

user_pref("browser.search.defaulturl", "http://search.conduit.com/ResultsExt.aspx?ctid=CT2790392&SearchSource=3&q={searchTerms}");

Change it to (for Google search):

user_pref("browser.search.defaulturl", "http://www.google.com/search?lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=");

You will need to find the relevant command line for your own search engine, or just leave the second quotes empty for no URL bar searching.

Finally, locate the line:

user_pref("keyword.URL", "http://search.conduit.com/ResultsExt.aspx?ctid=CT2790392&q=");

and change it to (for Google): user_pref("keyword.URL", "http://www.google.com/search?lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=");

Again, you will need to find your own code for different search engines: I’m not a huge fan of Google, but at least you can just delete the cookie to remove your search history, or use Private Browsing.

 

 

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