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BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« on: December 01, 2007, 04:22:20 PM »
Is there any way that the above program can be added to P2P part of Avast and would it be necessary please

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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007, 04:55:59 PM »
Well it seems only the major p2p apps are included, so I don't know if this would get on he radar. If it has any settings that allow it to scan completed downloads then give it the path to ashQuick.exe.

I don't know anything about this BBC p2p app but as a player I wouldn't have though it came into the category of a p2p rather a media player/streamer. So that in itself would likely to be using a different method/protocol to normal p2p apps.

Streaming audio/video generally doesn't save files just downloads to a buffer so it can be played and the buffer is continually topped up. So the complete media file isn't there in one piece.

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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007, 06:58:22 PM »
This is a fairly new P2P player and this is what it says.

The programmes are free for UK license fee payers, at high quality and with no advertising. Once you have downloaded a programme to your computer you have 30 days within which to start watching and seven days to finish watching it. After this time, the programme will automatically be deleted.
So I take it that is not exactly streaming. When you download the program there are tutorials there to tell you about the P2P streaming. I have included a photo.

It doesn't allow to have it checked by ashquick.

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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2007, 08:07:52 PM »
I didn't manage to find that bit about full download and duration, the BBC site is pretty pathetic the search I did for bbciplayer returned only 3 hits and these were more news/PR with little detail.

At least you can use the ashQuick.exe to scan complete files, this may be preferable.

Assuming that you installed avast! in the default folder, this is the path needed to scan downloads, C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashQuick.exe
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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007, 08:14:27 PM »
Assuming that you installed avast! in the default folder, this is the path needed to scan downloads, C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashQuick.exe

It doesn't allow to have it checked by ashquick.

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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007, 09:02:22 PM »
Yes sorry you can check the downloaded files with Ashquick. But it was all the other computers that are allowed to upload from your computer I was more concerned about. Although as you can see from my previous photo I have my one turned off, it also gives you the opportunity when you close it down

Here is a photo of what happens when you close it down, at the moment I always tick No

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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007, 10:24:02 PM »
What is strange is that it says your choice will be remembered, yet it appears not to. There is also the negative (leave unchecked) the allow programs to be shared when you exit BBC iPlayer. So by default it shouldn't share so it doesn't make any sense that to ask when you exit. Perhaps go back to the iPlayer settings and check and uncheck the two options and then click Save all changes and see if that stops the pop-up on exit.

In theory your firewall should keep out uninvited guests, but there is also a tool PeerGuardian (http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/) I think that is a more specific tool for protecting P2P traffic.

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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2007, 10:49:13 AM »
Hi David you are right there about it doesn't remember my choice, it was something I was aware of. This program at the moment is very much in its Beta form and I don't think everything is ironed out yet. I have already checked and unchecked with the same consequences, so I expect it will eventually be put right in the final release. BBCiPlayer isn't something I use often except when my Sky box doesn't record in my planner for some unknown reason. I had snow all over the dish the other night which stopped Sky altogether and wouldn't have known unless I looked out of my window, because it was all gone the next morning and Sky worked again OK.

As there are already 28 P/P items in Avast I was wondering if Avast would add BBCiPlayer to the list? Now these TV online programs are being released like O4D and Joost it might be worth considering because it is futuristic.

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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2007, 03:25:13 PM »
Certainly I doubt it would add a beta or early build, but otherwise it would depend on how popular it becomes.
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Re: BBCiPlayer Peer to Peer
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2007, 10:29:32 PM »
Its going to be a product limited to a subset of avast users given that it is restricted to use in the United Kingdom, which means that most of the avast team could never easily look at any issues with it and avast.