San Francisco company BitTorrent, creator of the file sharing application and protocol of the same name, have announced content distribution partnerships with some of Hollywood's major media houses, including 20th Century Fox, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Palm Pictures and video game industry news channel G4. The company sent out a press release this morning.
Users will soon be able to purchase movies and television shows from the BitTorrent website, then download the videos using the BitTorrent file sharing application. The videos will be made available as either download-to-burn or as on-demand one time rentals depending on the case, with TV shows and short features selling for as little as $1 a piece.
Just some of the programming that will be available, according to the company's press release: South Park, Laguna Beach, Chapelle's Show, Spongebob Squarepants and movies like "Mission: Impossible III" and "Ghost in the Shell." So far, the video store at BitTorrent.com, which has long been promised, has failed to materialize.
BitTorrent is busy building what it calls a "digital library" of premium online content. Earlier this year, BitTorrent inked a similar deal with Warner Bros. to distribute the company's movies over the internet. The company's file sharing technology, which facilitates the trading of exceedingly large files among a large number of peers, has gained a bad reputation among TV and movie media execs. Right now, the software is widely used by pirates to freely trade illicit audio and video recordings on the internet.
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