Torrent Users Upset Over Changing File Types

Sadly, even though digital pirates are anarchic on one level, they do still need rules and, in fact, the overlords of torrent sites often meet to establish quality standards. Sadly, their latest decisions have the torrent community up in arms.

A number of groups -- such as LOL and MOMENTUM -- responsible* for releasing pirated TV shows have recently released a document called "The SD x264 TV Releasing Standards 2012". The document outlines how they're moving from the Xvid file standard to x264, an open-source encoder for H.264 that's often used for HD releases. They even explain why: because it's better.

That, however, is no reason to appreciate change. Huge swathes of the torrent-munching community that gobbles up TV shows as soon as they make it online are having high school hissy fits over the change. The new format, you see, isn't compatible with many DVD players and other devices. As a representative sample of the vitriol, one user wrote:

"I'll be moving on to better sites... YOU CAN TRY RAMMING IT DOWN SOMEONE ELSES THROAT."

Good use of caps. As ever, my reaction is fairly unsympathetic. It's a bit like a crook moaning about how the store he's stealing from only has Blu-Ray players and not the TV he wanted. Deal with it.

* I'm not sure "responsible" is the right word to use here, but it made me laugh when I typed it, so I decided to leave it in.

[Torrent Freak; Image: Shutterstock/John David Bigi III]



    Hilarious! Luddites amuse me. I haven't downloaded anything significant in less than 720p for eons anyway. If you can't decode H.264 it's fairly safe to say its time to upgrade!

    On the upside, they'll play on Apple devices!

    I downloaded an episode of the big bang theory which was only 125megs and the quality was as good as 720p mkv - I was Amazed!

      IP track much, lol

        I think he means "My friend downloaded ..."

        ..oh and his wifi was recently hacked.

          To be fair - I pay for Foxtel and purchase the Big Bang Theory on DVD when it is available - I download the show purely for convenience.

            Exactly, just like the rest of us....I mean, the people I have heard that download shows do...

    People are always resistant to change. Mostly it floats with those who don't wish to progress, but when something new and life changing occurs they are often the first to get on board if it involves some form of popularity.
    Give it a week, and I suspect there will be less uppercase responses.
    Hell we've all been guilty of being fanboys in one way or another.

    I haven't a problem with it but the parents recently ditched the laptop plugged into the tv in favor of their new wifi blu ray recorder and it don't seem to play with it makes every thing fuzzy

    I really don't know why people are having a fit over the new format
    The file size is smaller with no reduced quality
    What's not to love?

    People are scared of change just like all the social-networking sites whenever they change their interface.

    Remember, its the Masses who watch this stuff using $50 dvd players bought at their local Crazy Clarks, on an external HDD often called by the brand "I have all my shows on my Lacie / Seagate"

    This might have a positive affect on DVD sales (legit) or Gaming consoles / other peripherals... "Pirates" may have just given Retailers the boost they need :P

    Wasn't this posted yesterday? If so hmmmm.

    Eitherway, I hate .mkv it never works on any of my devices, which oddly enough have no problem with xvid, mp4, DVD or Blu-ray - well maybe not with blu-ray as I've had some trouble trying to do an on the fly subtitle insertion with a subtitless BD movie I've got, didn't have a bit of trouble with the same movie and subtitles on DVD .

    VLC 2.0 Support blue-ray and that's why.

      mkv is a container, not a video format.

        Actually, it's both ;)

    Everyone complaining seriously just needs to go out and buy an Apple TV2 for $120, jailbreak it and chuck XBMC on it. HDMI to the TV, wireless access to network shares and no problems playing back files, even BD rips over wireless.

    Mp4 is a vast improvement, and anyone with half a brain should be able to see that.

      Or Western Digital TV Live, same price and works out of the box for the less inclined/novices.

        Or Raspberry Pi if you want more of a challenge...

          I'm so on the waiting list for one or two of these :) purely for the "something to play with" aspect.

          awesome concept from a tiny formfactor

    These are the sort of people who still don't know analogue television is disappearing.

    H.264 has been a loooong time coming.

    Considering the releases are NEVER intended to be downloaded by torrent users the selfish idiots have no right to complain.

    someone who isn't me (swim) resisted the change for a week or so but finally started downloading x264 encodes this week. swim watched one of these encodes yesterday and was very impressed with the quality.

    wait till they start arguing about Hi10P

    If it plays on my XBox or PS3, im fine with it. Otherwise prepare for my hissy fit.

      I'm sure a lot of people will care about your hissy fit.

    Get over yourselves.
    SWIM? my friend?

    that shit doesn't hold up in court.

    Just download a converter and convert the high quality H.264 files to xvid or what ever other low quality format you choose.

    Xvid was crap anyway....

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