Bittorrent Launches New Streaming Service
Bittorrent creator Bram Cohen today launched the company's new service, Bittorent Live, a streaming service that uses the popular Bittorrent protocol.
The company believes Bittorrent Live will make streaming easier and more affordable, as it negates the need for a centralized streaming server. Using Bittorrent's peer-to-peer protocol, the streaming will become more stronger and reliable as more people login.
“It’s based on the principles of the BitTorrent protocol. And it’s designed to make real-time reporting, and open expression available to all: eliminating bandwidth, cost, and infrastructure as broadcast barriers,” BitTorrent Inc.’s Justin Knoll told TorrentFreak. “The more people who tune in, the more resilient your stream will be.”
“It has been designed from scratch as the perfect means of sharing events to the masses in real-time and with low latencies, but without the astronomical bandwidth requirements that traditionally constrain content creators,” Knoll says.
The most impressive part about the service compared to a centralized system is that streaming will not shut down or get disrupted when the audience becomes too large.
“Current offerings fail with large audiences but with BitTorrent Live every viewer that joins a swarm extends its reach by sharing pieces of the video to other viewers. It becomes more robust with larger audiences and there are no costs associated with the addition of users,” Knoll told us.
“We’re aiming for this to be a democratization of streaming technology,” he adds.