uTorrent 2.0 Hits RC1, uTorrent 2.1 Build 17618 Gets Video Streaming Support
Article by George Norman
On 18 Dec 2009
You can forget about the Beta version of uTorrent 2.0, the free torrent client developed by BitTorrent Inc, because the RC1 (Release Candidate 1) has been rolled out. Compared to the Beta, it is a more stable platform – but it does not bring any new features to the table. Not to worry, because there were quite a few things in the Beta.

Here is what you can expect to get from uTorrent 2.0 RC1:
  • UDP tracker support
With the implementation of UDP tracker support, torrent trackers will be able to support more users. Less processing power required to support users means you can use the same hardware to provide support for more users.
  • Enhanced uTP
uTorrent is better suited to regulate its bandwidth usage so that it does not impact your internet connection in a negative way. Also uTP is no longer hidden in the Advanced settings.
On a little side note, BitTorrent believes that since uTorrent can automatically throttle the bandwidth when it detects congestion on the network, then ISPs no longer have to throttle BitTorrent downloads.
  • Setup dialog improvements
The setup dialog is now easier to use. On top of that, the setup dialog comes with a built-in speed test.
  • New transfer cap
To track bandwidth usage, a new transfer cap feature has been added. The feature comes with graphs, to show the user his bandwidth usage.

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Moving on, a test build (build 17618) of uTorrent has been released as well. The complete list of fixes and changes is available here. We’ve pulled the most interesting new feature: add streaming buttons at torrent view and files tab. Streaming means you will be able to start watching videos even if the download is not complete, you can watch videos as they are being downloaded. You can configure uTorrent to stream the video through your favorite media player.

When you download a video, the play icon between the status and seeds columns will turn green. Click it and you can stream the video to your local player or to the Divx web player on uTorrent's server. Tried this out with VLC Player and it worked just fine.

If you would like to download uTorrent 2.0 RC1, please
click here.
If you would like to download uTorrent 2.1 Build 17618, please click
here.




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