BitTorrent turns to blockchain tech to improve network speed

Peer-to-peer technology company BitTorrent has announced plans to ‘tokenise’ its Windows-based µTorrent Classic client in a bid to improve network speed. The new token, which will also be called BitTorrent (BTT), will be issued by the BitTorrent foundation in a move designed to increase the overall speed of torrents. Users will be able to exchange […]

BitTorrent News channel to launch next week

BitTorrent’s live-streaming TV news network, BitTorrent News, is due to go live on July 18. The service will begin broadcasting at the Republican National Convention on Monday and will thereafter aim to provide an “informed, independent voice on the news”. “Television news has been stagnating for some time. It’s having trouble appealing to a generation […]

BitTorrent appoints TV news network director

BitTorrent has appointed former Viceland and CNN producer, Harrison Bohrman, as news director for its new live-streaming TV news network. Bohrman, BitTorrent’s first ever news director, is tasked with building a news team from the ground up, leading the development, planning and production for BitTorrent News. Bohrman most recently worked as a senior producer of […]

BitTorrent plans ‘live news channel’

Peer-to-peer video sharing platform BitTorrent is looking to launch a “tent-pole live news channel” to run on its recently launched live video streaming platform. The plans, which were reported first by Variety, were detailed in a job ad for a San Francisco-based news director – the “first dedicated member” of the BitTorrent news channel team. […]

BitTorrent launches live OTT platform with free channel line-up

Peer-to-peer video sharing platform BitTorrent has launched a multichannel app for live and linear programming at the INTX event in the US. BitTorrent claims that its BitTorrent Live app solves the problems associated with provisioning and latency of live online broadcasting. The platform, which will offer a mix of content spanning news, sports, music, technology […]

BitTorrent enters original drama series market

Peer-to-peer sharing company BitTorrent has taken the surprising step of launching an original online drama series that puts it in competition with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. The platform behind the BitTorrentprotocol is best known for allowing users to transfer huge amounts of data over the internet, which has lead various legal issues over […]

Torrent application Vuze lands on Chromecast

Vuze has added Chromecast support to its torrent app for Android devices, allowing users to stream torrent files from the app directly to their TV. Vuze claims that its app provides a simple and efficient way to access torrent files and gives users direct control of media from within the app’s interface – including pause, […]

BitTorrent to launch paid content options

File delivery technology specialist BitTorrent is launching paid content bundles this summer, as part of its efforts to let content producers distribute directly to fans.  BitTorrent, which launched BitTorrent Bundles last year as a way for content owners distribute packs of content such as films and music, is now set to add ‘paygates’ to these […]

Game of Thrones tops illegal sharing list

New research into illegal sharing shows that over the course of one week a raft of top scripted series were being shared by 3.7 million users around the world via the peer-to-peer BitTorrent network. Anti-piracy tech firm Ceg Tek conducted the research ahead of the Cable Show, the cable industry trade show that is taking […]

YouTube accounts for 24% of European web traffic

YouTube makes up 24.25% of all downstream internet traffic in Europe, with file sharing is tipped to decline due to the rise of legal OTT video services, according to a new report. The Sandvine Global Intenet Phenomena Report claims that among the European countries examined, web users had a thirst for streaming audio and video, […]