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BitTorrent lands deals with 20 TV makers for peer-to-peer video

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/16/bitt ... eer-video/

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The file sharing crew at BitTorrent has so far taken only tentative footsteps into the living room with its certification program. If CEO Eric Kinkler's comments to Multichannel News are any indicator, though, the company is ready to make itself at home. He reveals that BitTorrent has signed pacts with 20 electronics makers to include its peer-to-peer service for media streaming in new TV sets, some of which will ship as soon as the end of 2012. Kinkler isn't naming the partners, but he notes that most of the torrent-ready screens are destined for Asia and Europe rather than the US -- many TV builders in American shops already have a raft of streaming video deals with the likes of Netflix, the executive says. Don't anticipate seeing a row of BitTorrent TVs in the local big-box store, then, but do expect the firm to make a name for itself beyond software and the occasional router.

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About 5 years ago, I had this whole discussion that the whole torrent thing is just a huge bait and switch thing by the movie industry.
It's free market research, it's debatable as to what the real cost is, and all they need to do now is get us used to the idea of giving up cash for it.

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I agree that it is free market research, though it would make distribution of films faster and cheaper for cloud services. Though wouldn't TV's need a hard drive to store the films?

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Quite a few routers have had torrent clients on them for years, and the Linux based ones can always have it installed.

However, it would be f*cking brilliant to have a "Search The Pirate Bay" button on a Sony Bravia TV remote :lol:

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I agree that it is free market research, though it would make distribution of films faster and cheaper for cloud services. Though wouldn't TV's need a hard drive to store the films?


Samsung at least have been tinkering with 'upgradeable' TVs of some description, and I do remember seeing TVs with built-in drives a few years ago. Though obviously that now goes against OLED dick swinging...

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pcernie wrote:
Amnesia10 wrote:
I agree that it is free market research, though it would make distribution of films faster and cheaper for cloud services. Though wouldn't TV's need a hard drive to store the films?


Samsung at least have been tinkering with 'upgradeable' TVs of some description, and I do remember seeing TVs with built-in drives a few years ago. Though obviously that now goes against OLED dick swinging...

Upgradable TV's will create loads more problems so I doubt that they will succeed. It might push the cost up a bit.

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pcernie wrote:
Samsung at least have been tinkering with 'upgradeable' TVs of some description, and I do remember seeing TVs with built-in drives a few years ago. Though obviously that now goes against OLED dick swinging...

Quite a lot of TVs allow you to add an external USB drive/stick to act as a PVR. No good reason they couldn't be used as a bit-torrent client as well.


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