A couple of years back, 700MB was pretty much the standard size for a movie encode hosted online. But that was in the age of CDs, and today we live in a world where DVD and Blu Ray disks are the standard and CD almost extinct. Ever increasing broadband speeds and additional bandwidth coupled with availability of high quality video sources have made large sized, high definition encodes, Blu Ray rips, etc popular downloads on file sharing networks. Although downloading a 4-10GB sized Blu Ray encode is not much of a problem nowadays for most folks, there are still times when we may be forced to conserve those several hundred megabytes of space (let it be because of a data cap, lack of hard disk space or having the need to transfer videos to your mobile device). Enter 300MB UNiTED – this is a great site to have, especially when you want to download a movie with decent visual quality but with smallest possible file size as well.
We’ve previously talked about sites such as RMVBusters where you could download lesser sized rips in RMVB (RealMedia Variable Bitrate) format. However, 300MB UNiTED does not specialize in RMVB files – most of their encodes come in a MKV (Matroska) container and can be played using new generation media players present in regular PCs as well as on mobile devices, DVD players and TVs. Note that all rips are not exactly 300MB – file size usually varies between 300MB – 500MB and longer movies come in even larger sized encodes.
300MB UNiTED is mainly run by a P2P release group and naturally, you can find a lot of unique, exclusive encodes here. Most of the new releases appear to be ripped from high definition sources (i.e. Blu Ray) and hence have pretty decent visual quality despite their smaller size. There are currently over 500 re-encodes available and new ones get added frequently. In addition to smaller sized re-encodes, 300MBU indexes regular 720p/1080p HD video material as well. In addition to movies and TV shows, the site maintains a collection of music videos both in HD and SD formats.
300MB UNiT3D’s homepage is modeled after a release blog where each new upload gets its own separate blog post. Posts about newest uploads are featured in the homepage. If you’d rather prefer a, old fashioned, forum based style, just register and log into the 300MBU forum (screenshot above shows some of the forum sections available). Registrations were open and last check and there were 9400+ members active in the community.
Site Name: 300MB UNiTED (http://www.300mbunited.com)
Forum URL: http://www.300mbunited.com/forums/
Registration URL: http://www.300mbunited.com/forums/ucp.php?mode=register