SXSW Update: BitTorrent Live Now An Open Beta

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For anyone with mobile video or webcams, for anyone in the moment, on the ground, or on the front lines; for everyone with the need to break news or break it down in real time: BitTorrent Live is now open. Get involved.

BitTorrent Live is a peer-to-peer live streaming protocol. It’s based on the principles of the BitTorrent protocol. And it’s designed to make real-time reporting, and open expression accessible to all. BitTorrent Live eliminates bandwidth, cost, and infrastructure as broadcast barriers. The more people that tune in, the more resilient your stream.

Since November, we’ve been working with a number of digital creators and broadcasters in a closed Beta program. As Bram notes, “We’ve demonstrated scaling and improved stability during our invite-only period, and are excited to open our service up to anyone who wants it. Thanks to all our early users for their support.”

Thanks to you, it’s open to all. Live streaming by the people, for the people.

BitTorrent Live is still in Beta. But it’s one of the ways we’re working on solving for free expression and creative sustainability on behalf of artists, publishers, and broadcasters. Check out Live, and other BitTorrent artist tools, over at Labs.

Written by: BitTorrent

BitTorrent is a company of over 100 people, based in downtown San Francisco. We’re passionate about building a better, smarter Internet through distributed computing.

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3 Responses to “SXSW Update: BitTorrent Live Now An Open Beta”

  1. Sun

    Nextflix, Roku, Hulu, etc are all great for published content, but if you need live broadcast such as news, sports, or other live events, this is the future here. We can really get rid of free to air TV soon.

  2. P2

    System requirements for the Mac BTL client are not disclosed. ( Is there / Will there be ) a PowerPC build of the Mac client?

  3. anon

    What about audio communication between broadcaster and selected viewers? This could be a useful tool for online demonstration, if you could interact with your viewer.


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