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Downloading Videos Over Intermittent Network Connections

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    zian

    I really like the ability to download videos for watching at my own speed rather than my ISP's speed. Since my computer is a laptop, I frequently move around and gain and lose a network connection. Even when the laptop is docked at night, the high-speed "always-on" Internet connection seemingly goes down at random.

    I know that Microsoft has solved this problem for Windows Updates by creating BITS and have tried to download Channel 9 videos via BITS. Unfortunately, the moment the connection dies, the entire download has to start over.

    Is there any chance that Channel 9 could fully support BITS? MSDN has a helpful article on the topic.

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    Ian2
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    zian

    Thanks for the suggestion; it works quite well.

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    Duncanma

    @zian: I'm glad the download manager works for you, but BITS should also work... I'm actually fairly familar with the process BITS uses behind the scenes and I believe that support for content-range requests is all that is required. The article you link to is about file *uploads* which are handled quite differently than the download process.

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    zian

    >wrong link

    Good catch. Smiley

    >BITS should work

    I'll give it another try tonight.

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    zian

    The BITS worked. Hip hip hooray!

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    Duncanma

    @zian: yay, great to hear

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