How to install, setup and run AceStream on windows
First we need to download a copy of the acestream client, the main download link on the acestream.org website is very slow to download. If you don't mind waiting click the below link;
If your like me and are impatient there is an alternative. If you are use to downloading torrent file's its simple, simply open up your torrent downloader client i.e. uTorrent (found here) Once in go to File> add torrent file and select the torrent file once you have downloaded it from the link below.
When the download is finished run the .exe file and follow the on screen instructions.
Now we are ready to run, click the desktop icon "TS Player" which should of been created by default.
Once the client is open right click on the "media" tab from the main "menus"
Then right click "open torrent Stream Player"
Next input the ID to the torrent/stream you want to watch.
Follow the next steps if you are having issues with the streams not loading or buffering.
You can "right click" on the quick launch icon in the bottom right of your desktop to access the setting, click "options
Also if you hover your mouse cursor over the icon it will give you your current upload/ download speeds
For online playback of audio-visual content via torrents the speed of your Internet connection for the incoming traffic (download) must be higher than the total bitrate of file tracks. Optimal ratio is 1/1.3 (bitrate/download speed).
The second criteria is the speed of video/audio streaming from its source. This source includes all pool participants (peers) who provide you with the video/audio stream, and you in turn become a source of video/audio for other members of the pool.
DL – download speed (кб/с)
UL – upload speed (кб/с)
Helping – the number of peers
Information for calculating the speed: 1000 kbit/s (kbps) = 125 KByte/s (kB/s) = 7,3 MB/min = 439.5 MB/hour
Example of calculation:
Video: 1744 kbps
Audio 1 : 128 kbps
Audio 2 : 128 kbps
Total bitrate: 2000 kbps = (1744 +128 +128) kbps = 250 KByte/sec (kB/s) = 14.6 MB/min = 879 MB/hour
Result: the value of DL, at 2000 kbps, must be higher than 250
The optimal value of DL = 250*1.3 = 325
2. Playback starts after pre-buffering
It means that minimal cache is formed before playback start. It will provide you ability of nonstop playback of streaming video/audio.
Attention! The time of pre-buffering depends only on the speed of your Internet connection and the total upload speed of all peers, not the work of ACE Stream software!
For example, if you try to play video using the torrent file that will take one day to download with regular torrent-client, then don’t wait for a miracle from the plug-in: the pre-buffering time in such case will be very long.
A large number of peers do not guaranty fast pre-buffering.
For example, if two peers at the beginning provide you with upload speed that exceeds total video bitrate then pre-buffering will take less than one minute. On the other hand, if you are connected to 50 peers but total upload speed from those peers is less than minimal required download speed then pre-buffering will last much longer.
Attention! If pre-buffering lasts more than 1-2 minutes check the download speed (DL) to decide whether it is possible to watch the video using plug-in.
If the download speed is lower than the bitrate speed and you do not want the playback to be interrupted, then you have the opportunity to use the option «Start with suffcient speed only» Playback will start only when the amount of formed cache and the download speed allows to play the file without interruption for buffering.
This option is the default, but you can disable it from the menu "Options", unchecking the appropriate menu item: "start with suffcient speed only".
How everything will happen if the option is enabled?
When you run the file, after pre-buffering, if download speed of the stream (DL) is not enough for continuous playback, it will stop and you'll see in the information line of the player message and information about the time after which the playback will start without delays. After the specified time, playback starts automatically. Well, if the download speed is optimal for continuous playback of the file, it will start playing and continue without interruptions.
Information about the remaining time before the playback starts will be dynamically changed depending on the volume of filling of cache and the download speed. If you notice that somehow time instead of decreasing began to increase, just look at the download speed (DL), because it obviously began to fall. There are two reasons: 1. Peers fell off. 2. You have a problem with Internet connection.
Pay attention to the "live buffer" setting, Increase this figure in small increments at a time and test output.
Attention! Don’t be greedy and alter the maximum upload speed if you have unlimited outbound traffic. The upload speed through TS plug-in doesn't affect the speed of loading video.
If you have a good upload speed then You can increase the "max connects per stream" The will help others watching the stream for a more smoother experience. Set to 50 by default
You are now done, sit back and enjoy some high quality live event.