Rox Player streams torrents, IPTV, DHT, and other online video in real time

Streaming internet video right into a desktop player is just not new, in case you ever seriously considered streaming torrents in real time...



Streaming internet video right into a desktop player is just not new, in case you ever seriously considered streaming torrents in real time then we’ve got very good news: Rox is often a free media player that will make this as simple as clicking a link.

In addition to streaming torrent, Rox can stream a number of other online videos straight to your desktop, including  IPTV, DHT, P2P,protocols, in addition to any video you could find a link for. It can also play any nearby video you've got, supports every conceivable format, and has self-contained codecs which means you do not have to install any filters or decoders on your system.

First off, a disclaimer: this review will largely revolve around the prospect of streaming torrents, because I use them, because I think they are more popular (and much more interesting) than some of the other supported protocols, also, since I am not too acquainted with the others.

Rox Player Screenshot1

There were several questions that I desired to look into:

(1) How well does it do this?: will streaming be comfortable to watch, or should it be so stop-and-go as being unwatchable

The answer: this will depend on (a) the torrent that you choose to look at, and (b) your web connection.  Either way you'll probably need to wait for a few minutes once you add the torrent while the player downloads motor your initial video making it watchable. Unlike a torrent downloader, Rox will download bits of your video in sequence to help make streaming it possible, as opposed to the random-seeming bits and pieces that you simply see in a torrent client.

By chance the very first thing I tested would have been a documentary that, well, was never going to be the most popular torrent, plus it turned out to get unwatchable. Next, I attempted a fairly popular TV series along with a new animated feature, and then for those I can report that after the initial 5 minutes possibly even of downloading ended, we were holding both quite watchable on the not-very-fast connection. Glitches and interruptions remained as present, but tolerable.

(2) How all to easy to load torrents?

The answer: supereasy. Copy a magnet torrent and paste it in to the box, or drag and drop a downloaded torrent file in to the program interface.

Rox Player Screenshot2 - adding magnet link

(3) Will it stream torrents that consist of RAR’d archives? (that are very common in the torrent world).

The answer: apparently not. My attempted at streaming a video which I knew to be RAR’s only succeeded in playing the sample video, which wasn’t.

(4) Will it stream the primary feature or why not be confused with the ‘Sample’ videos: as these sample videos tend to be packed into torrent archives.

If the player finds multiple videos inside torrent you try to stream, it'll list them for you and ask you to select. Problem solved.


The verdict:

A great program overall that doesn't only streams torrents and also other internet video, but tend to function as most of your media/video player if you'd prefer, and does a fantastic job at that. Torrents and torrent technology has succeeded and is also definitely here to stay, and Rox Player is my look at the right program at the right time.

But there are a number of things that will make the program even better:


  • The power to save the net video you might be streaming. Would be ideal for when you’ve watched a part of the video and want to pick it up later on. It would be nice if they had Rox Player plugins for uTorrent and other major torrent players that let you stream what you may happen being downloading.

  • A portable version: to get on par with favorites for example VLC or PotPlayer.

  • Support for RAR’d torrents: which I imagine will be a bit of a technical headache, but is probably doable.

  • (Optional) a browser plugin for Chrome, which may allow me to view streaming torrent using my Chromecast.


Another cool feature worth mentioning: Rox architecture allows for creating plugins to the program. And though there were no plugins in the time of this writing, developers ought to create their unique, which means that ideas like the ones above while others may be an easy task to add to the program within the future,

Get Rox Player here (Windows).

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