VKontake, Russia’s answer to Facebook, has agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the country’s telecoms watchdog. The anti-piracy move is being seen as a step towards being removed from the United States Trade Representative’s ‘notorious market’ Special 301 Report.
A tiny torrent site, that didn’t actually store torrents and was run from a home Internet connection, has received some serious attention from the police. Acting on information supplied by Rights Alliance on behalf of the movie studios, eight police raided a home address last week. When the site’s operator asked to see the search warrant, he was told: “This is not a Hollywood movie.”
Video streaming giant Netflix is considering a move to peer-to-peer assisted streaming. The company has put up a job posting for a Senior Software Engineer tasked with integrating P2P technology into its streaming services. Could a BitTorrent-powered Netflix be coming soon?
If Popcorn Time shook things up, Zona is going to shake them apart. Not only does Zona look as good, if not better than Popcorn TIme, it streams tens of thousands of movies and TV shows plus millions of music tracks. Did we mention switchable audio languages, subtitles and permanent downloading? What about TV show subscription, plus live TV and radio from around the world? An Android version?
Putting together a file-sharing site or service used to involve dozens to hundreds of hours of effort, and that’s without adding content or dealing with ongoing maintenance. Now a new service has appeared promising to make setting up a fully-loaded streaming portal a breeze. All that’s required is a server, a few minutes, and a minimum payment of $200.