Attacks on DreamHost and Enabling CloudFlare

For the past 2 days, our site has been going up and down like a roller coaster due to attacks and connection issues at our webhost (DreamHost):

As a temporary fix (maybe permanent?) against the attacks, they’re limiting every account to only 3 simultaneous connections, which has created a new set of problems for us, causing what many of you saw yesterday as 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable.

For now, we’ve enabled CloudFlare on our site, hoping by having CloudFlare cache our site (which is mostly static), it would help relieve some of our simultaneous connections issues.

We’ve also reworked how our site caching worked, making it less agressive at expiring cache. You might end up seeing some stale pages once in awhile. Hopefully that’ll help too.

In the meantime, we’re looking into options for a more reliable webhost.

Yahoo! Redirection Script

Yahoo! has once again changed their API. Although I have discovered how to obtain the direct download URL, it’s only a temporary URL which expires quickly. That makes it unusable on our site.

Therefore, I’ve written a redirection script which runs some javascript that obtains and redirects you the temporary URL. At which point, you should be able to view and download the trailer. Unfortunately that means if you’re using a download utility or attempt to right click and save as…, it won’t work for you anymore.

I apologize for this inconvenience and if there’s any further development, I’ll be sure to let you know.

I also plan on updating the Yahoo! download tutorial shortly.

Happy Holidays!

Update 2013/06/03: Updated the Yahoo! Download Tutorial

Option 1: Open the link in a new tab/window:
option 1

Option 2: Click Download when the trailer is playing:
option 2

New Mobile Site!

I’ve been meaning to bring up a mobile-friendly version of our site for some time. More and more people are accessing our site from smart phones and tablets and now with more and more devices supporting HD screens and having access to high speed LTE internet, it was a no-brainer that we needed a mobile-friendly site.

So I’m happy to introduce to you: m.hd-trailers.net

It’s not fully featured yet, but should be more than enough for browsing and watching HD trailers on your mobile device. If things go well, I’ll start redirecting mobile users from our main site to use our mobile site.

Let us know what you think or if you hit into issues. Enjoy! (^_^x)

Figured Out How New Yahoo! Movies Site Works

The good news: We’ve figured out how the new Yahoo! Movies site works.
The bad news: Not everything is rosy.

The biggest difference is the new HD trailers are encoded in MP4 instead of MOV. I actually prefer MP4, but the biggest issue is the quality has severely dropped. We typically encode 1080p @ 10Mbps. The new Yahoo! 1080p MP4 encodes are at 4Mbps, less than half the original quality of the old MOVs. This is almost if not as bad as YouTube encodes, and YouTube encodes aren’t watermarked. It saddens me Yahoo! has taken this path.

Another problem is Yahoo! trailers/clips aren’t always associated with a movie. For example, a new trailer they released yesterday was for Cirkus Columbia. If you tried to search for that movie, it’s not even listed in their database.

We weren’t able to automate posting new Yahoo! trailers that didn’t have a movie associated with it. Those will be done manually for now, which means delays.

As for instructions on how to find the download links for Yahoo! trailers on its new site, I’ll be updating our Download from Yahoo! tutorial when I have some free time. The process is a lot more complicated than before, so it may take some time before I publish it.

Update: I’ve posted a rough draft of the new instructions. If you have any questions regarding the instructions, feel free to ask in the comments below.