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    Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

    This is a discussion on Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits within the P2P / File sharing forums, part of the General chat category; Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits | TorrentFreak One of the Internet’s most-loved torrent sites for TV show ...

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      Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits | TorrentFreak
      One of the Internet’s most-loved torrent sites for TV show content has decided to call it quits. TheBox.bz, a private site with around 90,000 members, will close its doors on Saturday. The site’s operators inform TorrentFreak that they aren’t reacting to any particular threat, but with City of London Police and other interested parties watching over the site, trouble is only just around the corner.

      BitTorrent is perfect for distributing all kinds of content, from movies to music and from software to backups. However, there is one particular type of content that users rarely seem to tire of.

      TV show downloading is a very popular pastime among file-sharers. The ability to grab almost any show from the present or even distant past and watch it at a time and place of a user’s choosing is a powerful lure.

      As a result, specialist TV torrent sites such as EZTV continue to flourish, even at a time when broadcasters are starting to offer improved catchup and replay services. These products are helping to bridge the gap somewhat but are still miles away from the kind of service required to render specialist torrent sites obsolete.

      One such site is TheBox.bz, a private torrent tracker specializing in UK TV show and radio content. From its roots way back in 2007 to last count in May this year, the site had amassed more than 90,000 members. That thriving community (the site also has busy forums) uploaded more than 110,000 torrents and at times the tracker coordinated more than a million peers overall.

      But this coming Saturday it will all come to an end.

      “Sadly, I can confirm that TheBox.bz is shutting down the site’s torrent section on September 1st,” one of the site’s operators told TorrentFreak.

      “The decision to retire the site was not in response to any specific threat, but it is in reaction to the rapidly changing and increasingly hostile political climate we find ourselves in. We feel that being proactive and closing the doors is the most prudent move.”

      There can be little doubt that the hostile climate referenced by TheBox can be traced back to actions being planned by City of London Police, the Federation Against Copyright Theft, the UK Premier League, plus other local groups such as Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Television. Right now a dark cloud is hanging over many sites and nobody has much of any idea what will happen next.

      There is already talk of a new site in place to take over from TheBox but nothing has been confirmed by official sources. In the meantime though, TheBox will stay open for just a little while longer.

      “As TheBox has always been as much about community as about sharing, forums and private messages will remain functional for a while longer. Afterward, we will securely wipe all account details before retiring the server for good,” the site’s operators conclude.

      So another site bites the dust but there’s still no authorized service to bridge the gap. Perhaps there should be a future rule of thumb for rights holders, one that might actually motivate them to do better and please their customers more? A suggestion might be:

      Don’t pressure sites to shut down until you are offering a better service than they do


      When people can walk directly into a better service when a ‘pirate’ service shuts down, why would they have any motivation to seek out another? Now that’s a sustainable anti-piracy tactic right there.


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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      OMG

      My ratio is 1.4 how am I going to download over 200Gb in the next 24 hours with 5Mb broadband? To get my worth from the site.

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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      Quick, give me your log in details, I could try

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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      TheBox is not shutting down. They pm'ed a select few members and migrated to a private server. If you got the pm you know who you are.

      <Link removed>

      is the new TheBox location. But it will not be open, probably ever. (no need to click the link, it's just a page with login)

      <Link removed> <-- pic of the pm members got

      <Link removed> <-- zxcv logged in
      Last edited by Scubbie; 20-09-13 at 11:41 AM. Reason: Polite reminder not to post links to torrent sites

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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      Well done!

      Tell the world.

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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      Just a polite reminder folks: I know that I have been skating on ice posting some news about torrent sites recently which have been blocked and things, but we do need to be careful about posting links to the sites.

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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Just a polite reminder folks: I know that I have been skating on ice posting some news about torrent sites recently which have been blocked and things, but we do need to be careful about posting links to the sites.
      The link is useless as registrations aren't open.

      Also Scubbie, the very title of this thread contains a link to a torrent site. Can you just clarify, are we allowed to post links to sites that have closed or are about to close, but can't post links to active sites?

      I understand the policy on a site like this. In fact I think Sky, along with FACT, have been the major players in getting these sites to close.
      Last edited by pdoherty76; 20-09-13 at 09:03 PM.

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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      But it was pointing a finger.......

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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      Quote Originally Posted by dog-man View Post
      Well done!

      Tell the world.
      I won't quite be telling the world but I will be informing the new Intellectual Property Crime Unit at the City of London police about their new secret site.

      The people at thebox.bz have majorly ****** me off. They have even deleted my account at their sister site, just because I dared question the fact that they have lied to and abandoned two thirds of their members.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dog-man View Post
      But it was pointing a finger.......
      It was an entirely correct piece of information and totally on-topic in a thread entitled "Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits"

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      Re: Major TV Torrent Site TheBox.bz Calls it Quits

      No one likes a grass, even a scorned one.

     

     
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