Coming Soon: Smartphone Streaming, Powered by BitTorrent Live

The first app built with BitTorrent Live distributed technology will bring P2P broadcast to mobile devices.

Broadcast has left the studio. The 24 hour news cycle is something we bring with us, now: the breaking stories of our lives, passed along by phone. Mobile has changed the way we talk and listen. We’re looking to change how it works.

In March 2013, we released the BitTorrent Live protocol as a closed Beta experiment. Live is a peer-to-peer streaming technology that’s based on BitTorrent principles. It’s built to remove bandwidth, cost, and infrastructure as barriers to streaming. It’s also designed to solve for breakage. BitTorrent Live is built for big stories. The more people that tune in, the more resilient the stream.

BitTorrent Live and Non-P2P technologies: bandwidth versus viewership.  BitTorrent Live allows you to broadcast to massive audiences, without bandwidth drain.

BitTorrent Live and Non-P2P technologies: bandwidth versus viewership.
BitTorrent Live allows you to broadcast to massive audiences, without bandwidth drain.

Over a year of development using real deployments has improved the maturity of the Live protocol. Later this year, we’ll introduce the first Alpha product based on the technology: a new mobile streaming application. We’re excited about what’s next for BitTorrent Live. Stay tuned for details.

Matt Mason
Written by: Matt Mason

Matt Mason currently serves as Chief Content Officer at BitTorrent, Inc. He is also the bestselling author of The Pirate’s Dilemma, the first book in the history of the world to hit the number one spot on Amazon’s economics/free enterprise bestseller list and the rap bestseller list at the same time. He has written and produced TV series, screenplays, comic strips, apps and records, not to mention award-winning, global advertising campaigns. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer Music Monthly, Dazed & Confused, Adweek, VICE, and other publications in more than 20 countries.

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  • Justus

    These are great news for the live streaming community! Thanks for your great work.

    Is the mobile app planned to be compatible with the beta desktop version of BitTorrent Live? Or did you re-engineer the system to target the mobile market over the last year?

  • http://aampp.net Garth Soshahi

    I believe that BitTorrent is the future of broadcasting. And there’s always some new from them, so I follow up on its trajectory. I also have some plans in the works for AAMPP and BT fits in line with those plans, perfectly.