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You can get around ISP Shaping and still watch TV online

ISPs around the world have discovered that Bit Torrent is affecting their networks and have started restricting traffic, especially during peak hours. What this means for the average torrent user is that downloads can be slow or worse, stop altogether during peak times. It also means that you may not be able to watch your favorite TV show when you want to. There is an alternative: watch TV online through streaming technology.

What is shaping, exactly?

Shaping, simply put, is the restriction of certain traffic. This can happen during peak hours or all the time. How ISPs do this is up to their technical staff, but they target the items that are putting the most load on their network, and Bit Torrent is at the top of the list today as it’s putting the most network load. As an example, Comcast in the United States still allows torrent users to download shows, but they don’t allow propagation. While Atlantic Broadband restricts Bit Torrent bandwidth which slows down downloads. They are well within their rights to do this, because they have to serve all users and during peak periods, especially, they might restrict some traffic.

How do you manage to shape?

There are actually a couple of ways to get around the form. The first way is to encrypt your torrent to fool the ISP. You have to have a lot of idea to do this, but it is possible. The other way is to find an alternative way to get the data on your computer.

Streaming and why ISPs see it differently.

Without getting too technical, to an ISP, streaming video looks like normal traffic. The computer language it uses, known as Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), is very similar to the HTTP protocol that most websites use in one form or another. Because it’s so similar, they don’t focus on it like they do Bit Torrent. For all intensive purposes, the stream is invisible to ISPs and thus goes unnoticed.

What are the disadvantages?

There are some drawbacks to using streaming, as there are with any alternative technology. During peak periods, as ISPs shape your traffic, the picture may be choppy or of lower quality. During off-peak periods this should not be a problem.

How can I use streaming to watch TV online?

There are two main ways to use streaming to watch a TV show online. The first is through the network’s website, if you are in the program’s home country. The other way is to use a client, which is actually very similar to using a Bit Torrent download client. Once the client is on your computer, you can choose the channel you want to watch. The great advantage of going with a client is that you can watch TV shows online in real time and you are not restricted to the country of origin. Be careful though, there are two types of clients, one type uses torrenting methods and is known as Peer to Peer TV or P2PTV, and the other is a streaming client. The one you are looking for is the last one, because it is the one that gives shape.

Streaming is probably the best way to bypass ISP settings if you want to watch TV online. If your ISP restricts traffic, consider this alternative and I’m sure you’ll soon be back to watching the TV shows you want to watch.

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