updated 01:45 pm EST, Wed January 24, 2007
BitTorrent Movie Store
Peer-to-peer software developer BitTorrent has revealed that it will open an online movie store dubbed simply the Online Marketplace. Working in collaboration with NetGear, the company said it would let owners buy from a catalog of over 10,000 movies, including those from three major studios as well as 25 international studios. BitTorrent's technology will download movies without requiring monolithic and frequently expensive servers, distributing the load of traffic amongst subscribers while potentially lowering the ultimate prices for each title.
NetGear's involvement will come through its recently introduced Digital Entertainer HD, BitTorrent said: the new wireless streaming hub will be ready to automatically share downloaded movies to the TV, eliminating the guesswork of converting or finding movies on an attached computer. BitTorrent has not discussed the quality or format of the videos and has not given an exact schedule for its store launch, but does say that it intends to streamline buying and viewing movies for other hubs soon. [via Crave]