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Thursday, April 14, 2005

BitTorrent-based TV

The other day we heard a suggestion that the major news media adopt BitTorrent technology to distribute their online video clips. Now, a group called Participatory Culture is launching an open source, Internet-based TV service that does just that.

The group calls its initiative Desktop TV (DTV), allowing content creators to publish their video Blog Torrent, a technology that combines RSS and BitTorrent. Through Blog Torrent, viewers can download clips that interest them, and program their viewing experience TiVo-style. Participatory Culture is distributing source code now, and plans to begin broadcast service in June.

Source: Smart Mobs