Back Room

Cheeky's directory listing on archive.org. You can't play these files, but you can right-click and download them. If this link doesn't work for you (cookies or something), just go to archive.org, look for cheekyvideos.net, choose the latest link that isn't dead (Aug 23rd 2021), then fish for directory: /murdoch/videos/ . I've taken the opportunity to confirm, 100%, that I have all of his here, except I've regularlized the names a tiny bit - capitalized AMA eg.

> directory of all videos -- I confirm that I have all the MM videos up from Cheeky including 'hatespeech' edits, as they were on Cheeky, wrongly capitalized titles and all (except, I couldn't refrain from making 'Announcement<2 spaces>Title' -> 'Announcement<1 space>Title'), including some that Murdoch or Cheeky thought best to forget (sorry guys) - like, 'Reddit AMA', 'Aids Skrillex', 'Murdoch Merch', and 'Trump Supporter' (which I think was never on Cheeky, I got it from an old .torrent; so, I'm not even positive it's Murdoch's). Also, these span individual downloads, and an automated 'snapshot' in Nov 2020, in which Cheeky had left some out. Also, I have the 'AMA1 Ask + Merch Ad', which I don't think was ever on Cheeky, I downloaded it from YouTube. (I'll have to make .zips for people's convenience, maybe broken up. Maybe I'll wait 'til I'm on my 'infinite bandwidth' server.)

> directory of audio

> directory of books

> directory of transcripts + subtitles

> directory of scripts

Independent Site Advocacy

I think more people should set up their own servers, it's irritating for 'content' followers to have to jump from platform to platform as they get POZed and new ones open up. I know, though, that 'platforms' are more convenient for content makers. And free.
Imo more people should stream their videos, too.

Streaming Details

The videos are rendered at the same (lower-end; it's up to 4K now) resolutions as YouTube - 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p. They are capped at 720p to save bandwidth (saves about 1/3 over 1080p), which should be unnoticeable for cartoons. But, some of the ones with real-world footage (Last Son, Coniugator, Metamorphosis, Guardian just because) have also been rendered at true 1080p, (and won't save you bandwidth if you play them on a big window). Regardless of streaming, all videos are downloadable in the original form, ie the best quality available. FWIW, YouTube and Bitchute both also reduce the quality of videos, also by about 1/3 as it happens. (This, from comparing a version of Guardian from YouTube (short-lived of course) with the original, and the same thing with something else from bitchute.)

This site uses HLS streaming, because, afaik, Safari only supports HLS, and, though I've seen it claimed that Firefox does not support it, I find that it does, at least in recent versions. And Chrome / Chromium sure does (and that's the basis for most of the rest of the world's browsers, like MS Edge, Vivaldi and Brave). So as much as I prefer non-proprietary standards (mpeg-dash), if you want to support just one, HLS is it. Streaming requires no configuration changes to your web server, the streaming files are just files, and the streaming logic is all in the browser, in video.js. Even a basic scripting language web-server should handle it just fine.

Meant to be Usable and Survivable

This was designed for a landscape of MM mirrors that go up and down or decay, and a future where reasons are found to take down or block 'hatespeech' one way or another; ie, it's meant to be quickly movable to another domain (so far, so good). I once thought IPFS was magic, that you'd upload and it would stay there, un-removable. But, you always need a backing host (which doesn't mean we can't still find a use for it). Urbit might fit the bill, but, the waiting list is long, and you have to meet the conditions of the owner of your 'star' or whatever they call it.
Re: Usable, I don't like sites where you can't just send a link to someone, where you have to say: 'Go here, then fish for ...'. So, everything here is linkable.

Copy This Site

I mean for this site to be open source. If you want to copy it (to start with - you'll no doubt want to change it), give me a temporary account on your server, and I'll server-to-server copy the whole thing for you. (Or maybe I'll get FTP set up, though I'm leery about it, as I fear that bad guys may just download the whole site over and over again.) The whole site is 66GB (all hls (streaming) files, is 36GB, MM hls is 27GB, MM videos 2.4GB, MM announcement videos 758MB (I should make .zips, shouldn't I)). Server-to-server is ridiculously fast, maybe a couple of hours, vs a couple of days over a home connection.

Hosting Cost

The site is pretty cheap - the current host ran $120 for the first year, and renews at ~$155 / year. More typical is $15 - $18 / month. Shop around. Hostgator is not a bad first host.
Cloudflare's free tier, a sort-of CDN, doesn't cache media files, but is good for fighting off bot attacks and keeping stats. The free tier is for personal sites, and since this isn't a business, I'm using it. I think what they get out of offering a free tier is that there isn't much on most sites, and Cloudflare's picture of the web is more complete with your site in it. Yeah, they're monetizing your and my data, many such cases (I will note, though, that therightstuff.biz uses them as does cheekyvideos.net). Doesn't make it a good thing, of course. I'd like to get off of it, once I get the bot problem solved. Real CDNs that do cache media files (so that eg Australia will load the site as fast as the US) are a little expensive, I'm hoping the site is good enough as-is.