FIRST ROBOTICS 2004 - Discovery Channel

can we have a link to the torrent. once i get it dled i will help seed

Would anyone mind hosting it (even temporarily) on a not BitTorrent source? Many people on university networks are blocked from accessing BitTorrent.

Do you have a DishNetwork PVR or a DirecTivo? If so, if you remove the hard drive and plug it into your computer, you can access the recordings. To convert them to a standard format, you will need an additional piece of software.

If it is a DishNetwork PVR, sign up for the DishRip Yahoo group and read through the files section. There are several pieces of software that can convert video from the DishPVR format to MPEG2

If it is a DirecTivo, download DVRchive, which will convert from TiVo format to MPEG2.

I’m considering converting it to mpg or mov, but it depends on time. I’m still thinking about it and depends on my homework load. Now I just need to find a host. Anyone up to it just send me a PM.

I have it on TIVO and need to buy blank videos to play it at robotics, then I have the capability to put it to cd and on web, but need husband’s help to do that and his time to help is rare.

I can however easily host it if someone sends me an mpg.

I watched the show on Friday and really enjoyed it! I that the storys in there were cool! It was also cool seeing my brother on TV! :slight_smile:

we can host the video off our website if you need space or something…we have 2000mbs of space and unlimited bandwidth

I can help host it. I have a dedicated webserver with lots of space and bandwidth.

BTY, what is BitTorrent mean? Sorry, never heard that one used before…

Bit torrent is something like a peer-peer file transering program. Where once one person downloads it, they will share the load if other ppl try and download the same file. At least that is my understanding of it. :slight_smile:

It would be very appreciated if you hosted the file for me. :slight_smile: If you could sign on to AIM I would send it to you. :]

BitTorrent is a protocol designed for transferring files. It is peer-to-peer in nature, as users connect to each other directly to send and receive portions of the file. However, there is a central server (called a tracker) which coordinates the action of all such peers. The tracker only manages connections, it does not have any knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed, and therefore a large number of users can be supported with relatively limited tracker bandwidth. The key philosophy of BitTorrent is that users should upload (transmit outbound) at the same time they are downloading (receiving inbound.) In this manner, network bandwidth is utilized as efficiently as possible. BitTorrent is designed to work better as the number of people interested in a certain file increases, in contrast to other file transfer protocols.

One analogy to describe this process might be to visualize a group of people sitting at a table. Each person at the table can both talk and listen to any other person at the table. These people are each trying to get a complete copy of a book. Person A announces that he has pages 1-10, 23, 42-50, and 75. Persons C, D, and E are each missing some of those pages that A has, and so they coordinate such that A gives them each copies of the pages he has that they are missing. Person B then announces that she has pages 11-22, 31-37, and 63-70. Persons A, D, and E tell B they would like some of her pages, so she gives them copies of the pages that she has. The process continues around the table until everyone has announced what they have (and hence what they are missing.) The people at the table coordinate to swap parts of this book until everyone has everything. There is also another person at the table, who we’ll call ‘S’. This person has a complete copy of the book, and so doesn’t need anything sent to him. He responds with pages that no one else in the group has. At first, when everyone has just arrived, they all must talk to him to get their first set of pages. However, the people are smart enough to not all get the same pages from him. After a short while they all have most of the book amongst themselves, even if no one person has the whole thing. In this manner, this one person can share a book that he has with many other people, without having to give a full copy to everyone that’s interested. He can instead give out different parts to different people, and they will be able to share it amongst themselves. This person who we’ve referred to as ‘S’ is called a seed in the terminology of BitTorrent.

I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the help and encouragement you have provided along the way. We, as a rookie team, learned what gracious professionalism was really about. I especially want to thank Jay for your heartwarming comment, and likewise we will never forget the help received from The Martians.

On a lighter note… i have the show recorded through a home theater PC so its super high quality (the mpeg is bout 1.4g). Anyone who has unlimited bandwidth and wants to host it im me (AIM): xxmaddjxx

Thanks for explaining BIT TORRENT. I am online now with AIM “chakorules”.

I can host the file normally, with a link. I hope that is what you need. I don’t have any BIT TORRENT software, nor does it sound like I really want it either. I would have to reconfigure my firewall etc…could get yucky.

But I am willing to post it for download on my server for any bandwidth leechers :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

Just don’t kill my server. It’s connected to a DS3 line, so it should be able to handle most requests.

I’ll delete it after awhile.

I have installed AIM. I’ll try to be on today. My screenname is Neo3DGfx. Now I should sleep… But I’m on AIM anyway… :rolleyes:

Team THRUST ( #1501 ) has graciously hosted my 600 meg recording of this show. It can be found at

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Its a .wmv so you need windows media player (not movie maker).

Thanks again Team #1501! :slight_smile:


Thanks 527Paranoia & Team 1501!!

Thank you to 527 and rookies of 2005 1501!!! d/l now at an awsome 300 kb/s!!! only 30 min!!! thanks a lot guys!!!

*im d/l it just to see us (121) lose to the one day bot again =P

EDIT - wathcing it now… great quality!!! minus the snowy sound but i cant complain… its awomse!!!

excelent qualtiy, what a great show!

Not to be a wet blanket here or anything, but you do all realize that you are engaging in piracy, don’t you? What you are doing is a blatently illegal activity.

The Discovery Science Channel broadcast of “FIRST Robotics: The Frenzy” is a commercial broadcast, and it is not in the public domain. The Discovery Science Channel retains all right to the material in that broadcast, including all content, intellectual property, and rebroadcasting rights. It is their program, and they have not given any FIRST teams permission to capture it, store it, or make it available to anyone else. The Discovery Science Channel retains all the rights to that show, and we are honor-bound to respect those rights.

Yes, it is a really cool show. Yes, lots of us want to see it. Yes, folks are “only trying to help” by making copies of it available on the web for those that did not get to see the broadcast. But the fact is making an illegal copy of a broadcast program and posting it for public download is an illegal act, no matter how well intentioned you may be.

You have two options if you missed this show: watch the show on the Discovery Science Channel (it is being broadcast again on October 7 and 8), or obtain a legal, licenced copy from a permitted source (e.g. buy a copy from the Discovery Science Channel).

If you have captued the show and are hosting it for download, you are infringing on the rights of the Discovery Science Channel to control and distribute material that they - not you - own. You are committing piracy of a copyrighted product, and you are breaking the law. If you are downloading the show from one of these sources to view it, then - there is no nice way to say this - you are a thief. Modifiers such as “it is only a little thing” or “everybody is doing it” or “it’s not for me, it’s for the team” or “I wouldn’t buy it anyway” or “I’m not selling it to make any money” don’t make any difference - you are a theif.

Is this the type of behaviour that we should expect from you and your teams in the future? Is this the way you make your grandmother proud?

Is this what you have all learned from your FIRST experience?


Your welcome! My server is on a DS3 connection. Hopefully it’s fast enough. :wink:

Dave’s got a good point. We are pulling the link. Sorry.