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    Meh, still plenty of sites left.

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    isohunt is getting investigated as well. But the owner makes a good point that his website is a search engine not an actual torrent site.

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    And theyre already on their way back up, they say 2 days and theyll be fully operational:

    http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=1204

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    lol oh the drama...what a cat and mouse situation
    Do you understand the words that are coming out of your mouth?

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    Once another one I can use in the meanwhile?

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    torrentspy

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    torrentspy.com
    mininova.org
    isohunt.com
    etc...

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    www.slyck.com is the only site you need to know.

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    What I really don't get is why the FUCK media companies don't EMBRACE BitTorrent. There is such a huge profit potential from the internet media realm that I am gobsmacked every time media companies whine and complain.

    I will use a case study to prove my point:

    We shall use a very very VERY downloaded movie, namely X-Men 3. Over the past few days, it has been downloaded, if tracker stats are to be believed, well over 500,000 times per day. Of course, this is a low quality, video camera rip of the movie. However, take the average ticket price (average, remember, not just our ticket prices) of $10 per ticket, and that's $5 million. And the media companies bitch and whine about it whilst rolling in their trillions of dollars.

    Now, take start-up Energia Studios, in Finland. They make the movie Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning, and offer a variety of ways to get it. Lower quality but still digitally mastered bittorrent seed, paid direct download or paid DVD shipped. It's released under a general copyright license, meaning that it's free to be distributed as long as the company's logo is still attached to the movie (ie opening credits). I know two of the people in Energia, and they've made one HELL of a profit. Why? Because people downloaded the lower quality digital file, liked the movie and decided to support the studio.

    Now.... if X-Men 3 had the option of downloading a digital master file (ie HD quality) for a small fee (like $7 or so US), and seeing as there are on average 20 million people online AT ANY ONE TIME in the US.... we'll take a sample percentage of 5% purchase (very optimistic) vs 95% theatergoers.... basically, 50 million people see the movie, which is 2.5 million downloaders. 2500000 x $7 = $17.5 million right there. Also, seeing as there is no theater release overhead to consider, the production company keeps the full profit.

    So they have the option to release to the net for a fee for fast downloads, at less than box office prices. Of course, it would probably have to come with a WMA license of some sort, or have a service like Valve's Steam where your purchase is permanently recorded, and there is a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGEEEEEEE profit machine there.

    Yet media companies will bitch and whine over that 5%, which is something I just don't get.

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    ^ The only reason people are downloading movie rips are because they don't want to pay to see the movie.
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    I know! But if the companies offered them at a REASONABLE price (I wouldn't mind paying $7 cdn for a movie I wanted to have), then they could make mega profit. Also, if they released a low-quality "Teaser" movie (ie the full product but not HD quality) for free, they could let the consumer decide if they deserve the reward, vs shelling out $11.50 to see something that could (potentially) be crap
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    well for a movie like x-men or poseidon (just recent examples) i'd go see it in the theatres
    but for something like... hmmm.... 'hitch', or the upcoming 'click' i can live with it at home

    some of the svcd rips are unbeilieveably high rez, both video and audio
    but i've learned to settle for sub 400mb rmvb's
    looks the same on a CRT tv or my comp monitor

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    Irony is, they HAVE online downloadable copies of movies for sale. For as much as the fucking DVD. And it's so restricted you can only watch it on a limited set of devices, with specific programs (which won't be around in 3 years). It's the same with music tracks - an album costs about the same either way, yet with electronic there's a lot less production cost. Do they pass that savings on? No.

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    Making a CD cost fuck all. The middle men have changed from the CD manufacturer to the website. Running a website probably costs them same as packaging and shipping a CD.

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    I think that the first company that goes "aha! they want the same product without the production overhead cost (which we don't need)" and releases media at a discount will make abso-fucking-lutely BILLIONS. ANother thing I liked, and actually made me buy the album, was when Trapt (the band) released half their CD at CD quality as audio on the net. Totally free. And then they priced their CD at $10 CDN. THAT kind of savings and using the internet shows some intelligence (plus the music's good ) so I bought the album.

    It's very rare for me to actually buy a CD these days. The music industry is getting the drift with the 99 cent track download features, as well as full albums for <$10. Now we just need the movie companies to catch up.

    And we need ALL of them to embrace BitTorrent for what it is, and that is here. And it's here to stay.
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    Originally posted by Vagabond142
    I know! But if the companies offered them at a REASONABLE price (I wouldn't mind paying $7 cdn for a movie I wanted to have), then they could make mega profit. Also, if they released a low-quality &quot;Teaser&quot; movie (ie the full product but not HD quality) for free, they could let the consumer decide if they deserve the reward, vs shelling out $11.50 to see something that could (potentially) be crap
    why pay $7 when you can download DRM-removed HD-quality version for free?

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    Looks like pirate bay is back up

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    is it ever, that didnt take long at all.

    haha, the picture of the pirate ship has been edited and now has cannonballs shooting at the text "HOLLYWOOD"
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