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VLC is an open, source, cross-platform video player that is one of the world's most downloaded applications: [obscured] . Bittorrent is the most popular p2p file transfer protocol.
The deliverable for this project is working patch for VLC that lets a user open a torrent file or "magnet link" in VLC, and start watching any media files within VLC after a minimal delay.
In other words, parts of the file that are close to the VLC playhead position should be prioritized for download, so that playback can begin before the entire download has completed.
A "buffering" delay of several minutes is acceptable, so long as: the user is informed of the delay (with an estimated countdown); playback will usually continue uninterrupted once it begins; and playback can begin at least 10x sooner than waiting for the entire file to download (e.g. in 5 minutes where the file would take 50 minutes to download).
The leading open source Bittorrent library already supports p...
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