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What is Stream Torrent?

Updated April 17, 2017

Stream Torrent is a method of watching video streams over the Internet. It enables people to watch television stations on their PC and also receive live feeds from sporting events. The technology requires users to download a client program, within which the streamed video plays.

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Stream Torrent is a peer-to-peer network. Peer to Peer is often written as “P2P.” and is the concept behind file sharing systems, and also Skype. The traditional network architecture, which most connections over Internet use, is called “Client-Server.” In Client-Server system one computer (the client) connects to another computer (the server) and requests something, which the server delivers. P2P networks have no central store of resources. The required resource, which is usually a file, is either available in its entirely from several sources, or distributed, with different sources for different sections of the file.


Stream Torrent uses P2P networks to distribute live video feeds. The system uses the terminology and methods of “BitTorrent” which is a file sharing protocol. In BitTorrent, a “torrent” is a file available for download from several sources; a “torrent file” is a small file that instructs the torrent client where to find the holders of that file, and how many pieces the file is split into for the sake of transfer.


StreamTorrent relies on TV channels and other broadcasts being available from several different sources. If a TV programme arrives at one computer, then that transmission could be forwarded on to others. No one wants their home computer to become a server for a live stream of a TV station; however, they will not have to handle bulk traffic. P2P networks rely on many people connecting together. Each home computer only has to deliver a small part of all the data they receive to enable other to watch, virtually simultaneously.


The distinctive feature of StreamTorrent is that it handles live streams instead of the partial files that traditional torrent systems share. In this respect, it is close to Skype, which uses P2P architecture to connect phone calls and video chat. Media streaming programs have to be fast and lightweight. They have no time to check or process incoming data. They do not bother to request re-transmission for lost data, because by the time the loss is noticed, it is already too late to fit it into the context of other arriving packets. For this reason, P2P networks are a good method of transport for live feeds. They can offer lighter transport protocols and re-route around defective routers a lot faster than the traditional methods used in conventional data delivery.

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About the Author

Stephen Byron Cooper began writing professionally in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computing from the University of Plymouth and a Master of Science in manufacturing systems from Kingston University. A career as a programmer gives him experience in technology. Cooper also has experience in hospitality management with knowledge in tourism.

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