BitTorrent Live to kill television

February 15th, 2012 - 09:20 am ET by J. G.

With BitTorrent Live, a direct streaming video P2P technology, Bram Cohen declares that they want to kill television.

This isn’t the first time that we have heard of a technology that wants to "take over" from television. We shouldn’t forget Joost – from the founders of KaZaA and Skype – with their failed P2P client.

This is an ambition that the pan-European P2P-Next project – from where the Tribler technology plays the role of the new television platform – which has the ambition of reducing distribution costs via P2P.

Early in the week, Bram Cohen demonstrated BitTorrent Live at the MusicTech summit in San Francisco. The man is known as being the man who created the BitTorrent technology. He declared: "my aim is to kill off television". He stated to TechCrunch that in his view the typical use of television will continue to exist, but the physical infrastructure of the television will inevitably disappear.

BitTorrent-LiveWith BitTorrent Live, Bram Cohen remains loyal to the spirit of BitTorrent, a technology accessible to all which offers broadcast possibilities at reduced costs. Such users will have to acquire a license to broadcast advertising, with TV studios already be interested. For those that want to broadcast streams for non-commercial use, they will be able to freely use BitTorrent Live.

Bram Cohen is working on the implementation of live streaming through a BitTorrent solution for the last three years. This requires making BitTorrent compatible with direct streams, abandoning TCP and its calling on various congestion control algorithms which have been conceived for UTP (protocol based on UDP). A "difficult conception problem", he points out.

The protocol can now offload 99% of the data transfer to users with a latency time of only 5 seconds.

After downloading a client (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux), BitTorrent Live can be tested through a new demonstration which will take place at the end of the week.

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