The Joy of Reinventing the Wheel, part I

Lately I have discovered two of my ideas have already been invented before. The first one concerns this secret project that I mentioned a while ago, I will post about that later some time. The other one concerns this TV Torrent Feed idea I had.

Yes, this idea already had been around since 2003 apparently and was dubbed broadcatching, yes, there’s even a wikipedia page. How nice.

In December of 2003, the term broadcatching was used by Steve Gillmor to describe the combination of RSS and BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing as a method for subscribing to an ongoing series of media files from a website. The combination of these technologies allows a computer connected to the Internet to act like a digital video recorder (DVR) such as TiVo connected to cable.


Today, RSS and BitTorrent based broadcatching provides a web based distribution channel capable of delivering broadcast media to a large group of consumers at a low cost. BitTorrent provides the low cost method for distributing large files to a large group, and RSS enables a website to easily provide a subscription to a series of BitTorrent files.