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January 10, 2005

Interview with Videora Author

Om Malik has a good interview with the author of Videora, Sajeeth Cherian. Videora is a BitTorrent / RSS software product that has Tivo-like features including Wishlists and Season Passes.

After watching his college roommate continually scouring the internet in search of anime videos to download, Sajeeth started working on a better solution:

"After searching some of his favorite anime BitTorrent sites, I came across one site which offered an RSS feed. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a simple format that is used by web sites to send article headlines, summaries and links back to full-text articles on the web. Anyways, this RSS feed was special, instead of linking to articles on the internet, it linked directly to the very BitTorrent files that these sites linked to on their web pages. By simply scanning the RSS feed and downloading the desired BitTorrent files it linked to, I concluded that he could download his anime automatically without ever having to surf to an anime BitTorrent website again.

After discovering this RSS feed I began to envision a product. Some thing simple, which allows users to find shows easily and a couple clicks later (after the shows are added to their "season tickets") would automatically download these shows to their hard drives in the background. With this, users wouldn't have to look for certain video to download, because the video they want would already be on their hard drive. Thus giving them free time to do more interesting things, rather than scour the same old websites. This seemed like a killer idea with more potential than just quieting my roommate so I began to develop this idea into computer software. Along the way, I added a few other features including the ability to aggregate video files into "want lists" which allows users to easily manually download videos of interest. Needless to say, my roommate doesn't complain to me anymore."

Posted on January 10, 2005

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