What is a cached torrent? Is it bad?
Firstly, before we get into what is a cached torrent we must understand what a torrent is. A torrent file contains information that split up and shared among users from many locations around the world. The actual torrent file only host information about how to connect to the users who are sharing the actual desired file. The sharing of pieces or all of the file is called seeding, seeding is similar to hosting. This peer to peer style networking makes it a lot easier to share/host larger/higher quality files. This can also mean the access to more content that you would typically find hosted where our typical movie & TV show apps scrape for content. When using a torrent client to download a torrent you in-turn join the peer to peer network and typically seed what you download as well thus making this act dangerous. Torrenting is never recommended and if you must it is highly recommended that you do so with the use of a VPN. Ok, now what we understand what a torrent is... whats a cached torrent... and why should I care, this torrenting business sounds dangerous! Well, I'm glad you asked 😅!
What's the cache?
Cache is the act of storing data within a software so that it can be access quickly later. Don't worry, stick with me! We all know that we don't want to be downloading or "storing data" and that all we want to do is stream our content.... so why should we care if the torrent is cached or not? Well, cached torrents are not stored locally on your system! Cached torrents are used in conjunction with a debrid service like Real-Debrid! Instead of the torrents contents being stored locally they are actually stored and organized on the debrid services servers and then streamed to you. This speeds up the whole process as the debrid service does most of the "leg" work for you making the whole process seemingly effortless. Oh and not to mention "less dangerous" as you are not downloading or caching the torrent yourself. This also means that you do not need a torrent client and you will not be seeding/sharing or even hosting the content either!
So to recap, if you have paired your Real-Debrid/debrid service with apps like Cinemahd or TVZion and are wondering if you can click on those cached torrent links, the simple answer is yes! It means that the application has also searched some torrent sites, and loaded the torrented file into the debrid servers and they await your command to start streaming some high quality content! Make sure to check out these links to stay up to date with all the great streaming info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/androidtvtips/
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