Here’s a service I’m just about to try. Graboid Video is an application that lets you stream video straight off Usenet servers all over the world. There’s a huge collection of videos, TV shows and anything you want to watch. As the video is downloaded off Usenet, it’s supposed to be the fastest download around boasting the ability to download a 2 hour move in 30 minutes, though I’ll believe that when I see it.
I haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know what material is available, but it will be interesting to see what programming is available and how they handle the legal aspect of any copyrighted material. I would guess that this app is simply downloading material available on Usenet and any legal issues would need to be dealt with by them.
The brilliant thing about Graboid Video is that it’s free to download and free to us up to an allocation of 2Gb a month. If you want to download more than that there’s a fee to pay. I haven’t managed to find out what the fee is, but as soon as I know, and I have some feedback on the service, I’ll post it here. In the meantime check it out for yourself. I’m off to try it myself.