How to Enable Video Streaming in uTorrent 3.0

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Almost all of us use torrents to download movies, TV shows and music videos. A lot of times, due to some careless users, we end up downloading fake or poor quality videos, thus wasting both time and bandwidth. If you are also a victim of the above problem, uTorrent 3.0 can help you by allowing you to watch videos with progressive downloads.

Thus you can now preview your video files while they are being downloaded and if any problem occurs you can cancel the download thus saving your time and bandwidth, and of course the frustration of watching your favorite movie in webcam quality video (crappy quality obviously).

How to Enable and Use the Feature

Step 1: Download and Install uTorrent 3.0. The version is  slew of improvements and new features. One of the major features are streaming of music and videos.

If you are on an older version you can download and install the latest version of uTorrent from the download link provided below or just  update it via Help—>Check For Updates.

Step 2: Once you are on µTorrent 3.0, go to Options and  click Preferences.

utorrent prefrences

Step 3: On the left hand side pan you will see options  like Transfer Cap, Remote, DNA, Advanced, etc.  Select the Streaming option.

Step 4: After you select Streaming on the left pane, on the right pane select the media player you want to use to preview the file, from the list of players installed on your system.

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You can also choose your default media player by simply clicking on “Use Default Player“. I personally, would suggest VLC player for online streaming.

utorrent player

Step 5: If you are an advanced user, you can also configure  peer timeout, buffer size values. If you have no idea what they mean leave it untouched and finally click ok button

peer time out

Step 6: Next when you try to download any video using µTorrent 3.0 you will see a Stream button next to progress bar. Just click on it and wait for your video player to buffer it.

stream

My Verdict

I loved this newly added feature of µTorrent and from now on I don’t rely on comments like A08/V09 to tell me how good or bad the quality of video is. Now I stream the video to preview it while its being downloaded in the background. If I see any glitch in the video I discard the torrent immediately.

So next time when you are not sure whether the video you are about to download is good or bad you know what to do. Please note that the buffering will take time depending on your internet speed.

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  • Korozyon

    Then don’t forget to rate and add comment before discarding it.

  • inky21

    Hi..thanks for the info. I’m having a problem with this feature of utorrent. I played a sample using the default player and accidentaly closed the window. The now playing tab on the left side disappeared and I don’t know where to find it. I played it once more and stopped the current stream, but the previous one was still playing all over again. Please help, it becomes more annoying.

  • Puneet

    Hi,
    I don’t have the streaming option in my utorrent version 3.1.3

    • stirfry

      The option is now called “Playback”

  • boreddd

    In 3.1.3 there is no stream option, simply go to playback and select the media palyer of your choice, this is very use full if you are attempting to stream an non-compatible media file.

  • Mike

    video doesn’t start, shit bugged feature

  • Mike
  • shravan

    thanks for the tutorial..really helpful