BitTorrent Launches Media Marketplace
After securing $20 million in venture capital in December and striking content deals with major Hollywood studios, BitTorrent is ready for prime time. The makers of the once controversial peer-to-peer file sharing service are finding favor in the digital age with a strategy they hope will thwart piracy: low-cost digital media.
The BitTorrent Entertainment Network launched on Monday with a full roster of blockbuster films and hit television shows from Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 20th Century Fox, and Lionsgate.
That makes movies such as “Mission: Impossible III” and television shows such as “24” and “South Park” available from the BitTorrent marketplace, where users can rent movies, purchase TV shows and music videos, or publish and share their own content
Today, the BitTorrent Entertainment Network is launching with more than 35 content partners and a thick catalog that offers more than 5,000 movie titles, TV shows, computer games, and songs, as well as over 40 hours of high-definition programming. Consumers can rent new release movies for $3.99, or $2.99 for older titles. Music videos and TV shows will cost $1.99 each to rent, or $2.99 for the HD versions.