It works as well as it ever did...
Originally Posted by Formengil
PMB is a Torrent based downloader. As such, it depends entirely upon the number of "seed" sites available for download speed.
I am not aware that there was ever more than one seed site.
The premise behind the PMB is that every person who downloads the PMB software continues to allow it to run and therefore becomes a willing "seed-site" for any software on their computer which others might want. As such, it DID impact individual user's computer system performance, and it has been widely advertised to be "shut down and deleted."
The "package" which Turbine provides at lotro.com is unaffected by PANDO's termination. It would only be required to be removed if Reloaded (who apparently purchased PANDO) sent "cease and desist" orders to Turbine. However, more likely, Reloaded will be working with Turbine to convert from the PMB system to Reloaded's system (whatever that is.)
It will all boil down to a question of dollars and cents. PMB was a cheap solution compered to Akamai. Valve (Steam) apparently represented the complete opposite -- i.e. zero direct costs to Turbine and a percentage based revenue stream from Valve. (Steam users pay for things in the LOTRO Store using "Steam Cash," so one assumes that Turbine "gets a percentage" of the transaction; however, without Steam, the transaction would not have taken place, so it is a win for both sides.)
The little I know of Reloaded comes from their website. But the implication is, like Valve, they have their own network of servers, implying that download efficiency should improve dramatically! ... one can only hope.
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