DedicatedTV, RIP

Raymond Bennelsworth, administrator of dedicatedtv.net, one of the larger television-download sites on the internet, announced late last week that he was retiring from running the site, which he’d funded for three years out of his own pocket, and that if a new owner wasn’t found the site would go offline August 7th.

This afternoon – August 2nd – the site is now no more, the domain is up for sale, and most of the auxiliary webpages – the two Twitter feeds, the Facebook group, and so on – have disappeared down the memory hole, without any word or notice. No goodbye, no farewell, no teary-eyed sentimentality. No ‘so long, and thanks for all the fish’. Just… poof. Gone. And this just days after Facebook messages suggesting new owners had been found for the site.

Ah, well. Easy come, easy go. Screw you too, Bennelsworth, and your little dog Bertie, too.

The dedicatedtv domain is for sale, apparently, should you have a thousand pounds to spare and a desire for an obscure bit of internet piracy history. There were at last count eight or nine others that pointed to the same site; perhaps some of them are valued a bit more realistically?

Published in: Geekiness, General | on August 2nd, 2010| 10 Comments »

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  1. On 8/2/2010 at 7:51 pm Rusko Said:

    You might want to check that…

  2. On 8/2/2010 at 8:19 pm Nemo Said:

    Well, it was dead when I posted that. And the Twitter and Facebook pages still seem to be gone…

    Now things have just gotten silly, really.

    20 terabytes of transfer a month, he says? Crikey.

  3. On 8/2/2010 at 10:37 pm Bryan Said:

    Simply hate it. They simply just left! :@

  4. On 8/3/2010 at 3:50 pm Nemo Said:

    Yesterday, for anyone following along at home, the site completely disappeared. Then it reappeared, with a notice that it would “absolutely”, “100% return” as and when people coughed up two fairly high-spec dedicated servers for the site to run on.

    Today, the announcement is that Bennelsworth still wants two free servers – but there’s a “race” on – if people come up with two donated servers before someone buys the domain name, the site returns. If not, DTV is dead. Again.

    Confused? Annoyed? Welcome to the club…

  5. On 8/5/2010 at 10:37 am lou Said:

    Any update on what’s going on? twitter and facebook pages are back, but not sure if they’re legit!

  6. On 8/5/2010 at 1:23 pm Bill Said:

    Not news, but more of an observation. Yesterday Sedo was auctioning the site off. The auction has since been canceled. I’m hoping that canceled auction = Raymond got the servers (or is in negotiations).

  7. On 8/5/2010 at 1:36 pm Nemo Said:

    Yeah, I noticd the Sedo thing. Two observations:

    1, you can still “make an offer” on the domain, if you’re so inclined.
    2, at least one of the cancelled/rejected bids/offers was for 2,500 Euros. (!!)

    20TB of traffic is a very non-trivial amount, even in this day and age of cheap bandwidth. I also think he’s low-balling the monthly cost of servers capable of running DTV by probably 30-40%, and I’m suspicious that he’s trying to shoehorn a site that used to run on three servers (Bertie + backend server + frontend/cache server) onto two (Bertie + the backend/frontend on one server). Maybe his promised coding improvements will make that practical. I can’t help but think, though, that if he could have cut his costs by a third over the years by making code optimizations, he would have.

  8. On 8/10/2010 at 2:54 pm Mister Smith Said:

    You should check out http://sceneflux.net they autopost tv shows as DTV used to. Really nice alternative.

  9. On 8/12/2010 at 1:23 pm CMScheid Said:

    are there any updates on reviving DTV?
    I’ve looked for like 3 days to find a replacement!
    I’m having drastic withdrawals!!

  10. On 9/21/2010 at 8:10 pm AlphaTech Said:

    Just an update for those of you that wanting to know.. I was the individual in talks with Bennelsworth to take over the coding and server administration. I had the servers all lined up to go online, then the site and all email correspondence from Bennelsworth stopped around August 4 or 5th. The domain went back on sale again. Only sold for around 400 Euros I think.. I tried logging into Sedo and contacting Bennelsworth through Sedo only to have my Sedo account terminated the next day. In the end, I’m not very happy at all with the way Bennelsworth and his crew treated DTV’s public. I feel that Bennelsworth was trying to con me or something. The servers were ready to go online on August 4th, but Bennelsworth evaporated into thin air.