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past and present of historical movie download

27 mayo, 2021

There was a time, before torrent clients, Popcorn Time and other payment solutions such as Netflix arrived, when the most used protocol when downloading things from the Internet was the ed2k. Exactly, the links I used the mythical eMule, which was probably the show P2P most used around the world.

Along with eMule, one of the most popular websites in its day to download material from P2P networks was Hispashare. Because eMule could be very good as a program, but it was useless if you didn’t have the download links suitable to obtain everything that interested you. And after so many years, and so many changes in the way the Internet works, what has become of Hispashare?

As a first and quick answer to that question, say that first of all, Hispashare stay online. Although with a design that seems to be taken directly from the 90’s, the web is still active and 100% functional, and continues to add new content every day. That is, if you are one of those who continues to use eMule, you can go through Hispashare without problems to obtain download links.

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Hispashare’s past

Although there are very little data on the web (beyond the page itself), from this interview it can be deduced that Hispashare began its journey back in 2004. At that time the web did not require any type of registration (which would change later) and could be downloaded directly, without having to create a user account.

Although in its early days the web included a wide variety of material (music, movies, video games, software … even porn), there came a time when they decided to focus only on three sections: movies, series and documentaries – which are the three sections that remain today.

What has not changed is the aspect of the web, as we said before. Nothing to do with today’s designs, Hispashare maintains the classic three-column structure, with a central part where you can view the content and two sidebars on both sides with the navigation menus. Visiting Hispashare today is like going back to the time of IRC, from the forums in VBulletin, of MSN Messenger.

Hispashare, today Hispashare, today

An element that has always been highly valued in Hispashare is the Lots of information included in the file of each article (whether film, series or documentary), and the careful organization of the web database. Not forgetting to mention, of course, that it’s all in our language – something to be thankful for in a world dominated by English resources.

In each file you can see technical information about the film or series in question (genre, director, actors, summary, billboard …), in addition to the comments and scores of the web users themselves and the download links, with its language, quality and format.

But the really interesting thing is that often the name of the actors and director, as well as the genre of the film, are clickable links that lead us to more material (for example, other movies starring the same actor), which allows us to discover titles that perhaps we knew each other and that we might like.

All this remains the same on the web, as if I hadn’t spent time for her. In fact, if you look for old captures in the Internet Archive, you can see that Hispashare has hardly changed.

The Hispashare of 2005 The Hispashare of 2005

The present of Hispashare

So is Hispashare still alive? Yes and no. That is, it is still functional, it continues to publish content, and it can continue to be used without problems with eMule – if you are still using it. But as we have seen, barely adapted to the new times.

A detail that draws the attention of the web, for example, is the no presence of social networks. Hispashare does not have a Facebook page, and its Twitter profile has not been updated for more than two years. The same applies to the official Hispashare blog, whose most recent article dates from February 2014.

In fact, if we review the search trends for the term “hispashare” in Google Trends, the decline in popularity. It is true that at no time does it become non-existent, but the interest that this website arouses in recent months has nothing to do with what it experienced, say, in 2008.

Hispashare on Google Trends Hispashare search trends in Google Trends, from 2004 to today

Today, although there are still a few “romantics” who continue to use eMule, the trend is different. The pages of torrent links (together with the clients to download them) and above all, the streaming Of video on services like Popcorn and The Pirate Bay they are the new kings of Internet video content. The improved connections Internet allows you to enjoy the movie or series on duty without waiting, and without having to fight with the router ports for the eMule to work.

P2P, in fact, has also evolved. What eMule used before to help you download movies can now become a kind of alternative Internet, where to host download pages that, as they are not hosted on a specific server (but on a P2P network shared by all its users), they are impossible to close.

Ultimately, technology improves, connections are faster, new ways of sharing and consuming content on the Internet are born … and there is still Hispashare, with its 90s design and ed2k links. And as long as it continues to function, and is useful to someone, welcome.

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