iOS web app NowStream to allow streaming of torrents without jailbreaking

Wouldn't it be cool for geeks to pull out their iOS device - their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - and access their collection of media and files from torrents, without jailbreaking their device or hoping for Apple to approve a torrent client (hint: it won't ever happen)? Fortunately, there will be a solution at hand for people to watch reruns of Big Buck Bunny or load up on "Linux distributions" on their portable device, all collected from their favourite torrent sources. The killer aspect of this solution its its ability to stream torrents on the fly, something that has not been seen before.

The solution is called NowStream and is developed by Sohail Prasad, a Carnegie Mellon student and soon-to-be intern at Google. The web app was built at TechCrunch Hackathon in New York and was demoed at TechCrunch Disrupt. A demonstration is available below:

The ease of streaming one's favourite videos and not worrying about unsupported codecs and file types, or video dimensions should please the masses. In addition, making the app available via Safari makes it out of reach for Apple's App Store rules. The service will be available soon as Prasad figures out a way to market his product without attracting the wrath of the industry associations.

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I can only see this working for extremely active torrents. Low activity torrents could take hours just to buffer the first part of the media. This app is only allowing people to leech torrents. I will block anyone connecting with this client.

Won't this lead to massive data usage? Perhaps good for small clips (but surely youtube would be fine for that unless it's 'special' clips), but I think most people torrent full movies.

Also I'm curious as to whether it'll support anything other than video.

"Wouldn't it be cool for geeks"

Geeks have their devices jailbroken/rooted immediately and thus have access to proper Torrent clients, not some gimmick "web" "apps".

Hfric said,
"Wouldn't it be cool for geeks"

Geeks have their devices jailbroken/rooted immediately and thus have access to proper Torrent clients, not some gimmick "web" "apps".

I think you should learn to read AND understand. Torrents usual download files, this app Streams in live the files without the need to download them first.

TrOjAn. said,
So it set's a higher priority on the first part of the movie to start downloading?

That's what it looks like to me.