There are many legitimate and legal reasons to use BitTorrent technology. No really, I assure you there are! For example, did you know that the Revision3 Internet Television Network, makers of a number of hot web shows including Diggnation, Tekzilla, Hak5, Systm, and more actually make their shows distributable via BitTorrent? That’s a perfectly legal and valid reason for using the technology – one that’s being promoted by the company wanting you to view their content, no less. Unfortunately, use cases such as this are often overlooked when people talk about BitTorrent. That’s why it’s important to remember: BitTorrent doesn’t
kill people…err…steal things…People steal things - but the BitTorrent technology itself isn’t inherently evil or illegal.
OK, disclaimer out the way, here’s the big news:
The BitTorrent client formerly known as Azureus and now called Vuze is available in a new version which integrates with a number of platforms, one being the Xbox 360. With the latest version of the Vuze client software (ver. 4.2), Vuze can now act as a media server that can directly transfer high-def video straight to your console. Even better, the software automatically converts file formats if it detects that the original file cannot be played on the receiving device.
For this to work, your PC needs to be powered on with Vuze open and your Xbox needs to be on the same network as the computer. All the videos you drag to the Xbox 360 within the Vuze Sidebar will then appear under the Videos section in the main Xbox 360 menu. You can also use RSS feeds to subscribe to your favorite content so it’s always available.