Videora 1.0. BitTorrent for the Uninitiated

By Jon Newton 1/15/05

Canada’s Sajeeth Cherian says his $22.95 Videora 1.0 is the first version of a new application that uses BitTorrent and RSS to, "automatically and intelligently" find and download videos.

“With easy to use features like Want Lists and Season Tickets you will be able to watch your favorite video, no matter where you are in the world," promises Cherian, 20, who’s a communications engineering student at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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"All you need to get started is a broadband internet connection and Windows."

What made him come up with Videora ?

“My roommate likes to watch anime and constantly scours the web looking for his favorite anime to download. (Anime is the Japanese term for Japanese animation, cartoons that are broadcast in Japan and which are then subtitled into English by groups of volunteers or commercial companies),” Cherian says in a Q&A with Om Malik, who describes the app as “like TiVo for Torrents”.

“About once a week he would complain to me how he was wasting all this time searching for these shows. I think he was wishing that these shows would just somehow download themselves. Well after a few weeks I got sick of hearing his complaints so I decide to look for a solution to his problem.”

Combining BitTorrent and RSS isn't new, but Cherian told Wired News his program is less complicated than others and doesn't "demand computer enthusiasts' knowledge."

"I thought I could make an easier version," Wired quotes him as saying.

"Something that anyone off the street could use. You don't need to know anything about BitTorrent or RSS."

If the MPAA, which is currently trying to stamp anything which even looks like it’s using BitTorrent to share copyright movies into the ground, didn’t know about Videora, it does now.

“The Motion Picture Association of America recently sued several tracker sites, like LokiTorrent and,” says Wired. “The MPAA alleges that the sites are violating copyright.

“The MPAA did not return calls for comment on Videora.”

EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) lawyer Jason Schultz told Wired Videora appears to be on the right side of the law, according to the description on its website,

“"It looks like they don't control any of the sites that offer the RSS feeds or the BitTorrent tracker sites," he said. "They are not suggesting any particular content and they aren't supervising what people are doing on the network."

As for Cherian, "There (are) a lot of programs out there that can be used for good and bad," Wired has him saying. "I think it's the responsibility of the copyright provider to make sure people aren't misusing their content.... I definitely don't condone piracy."

favorite video - The First Personal Video Downloading Program, Videora, January, 2005
Q&A - Videora, like TiVo for Torrents, Om Malik on BroadBand, January 10, 2005
computer enthusiasts' - Videos Quick, Easy and Automatic, Wired News, January 11, 2005


Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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