Feb 14 2012

News - BitTorrent Gunning for Live TV with BitTorrent Live

Bram Cohen

BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen took to the stage at the SF MusicTech Summit on Monday to show off his P2P live streaming protocol, BitTorrent Live. The concept is simple. By using BitTorrent Live, any content provider can stream any live event via the Internet on the cheap with minimal latency. By shifting the distribution of the stream to the P2P audience, the content provider can ditch many of the upfront server and bandwidth costs that might make live-streaming an event too expensive. BitTorrent Inc. is still working on an SDK and isn't ready to announce any deals, or really even talk about monetization at all at this point, but Bram Cohen certainly has some lofty goals if he is serious about killing off television. For now, there is always the beta. In the short term, I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the larger podcast networks such as Revision 3 give BitTorrent Live a shot, and CDNs such as Ustream and BitGravity should be keeping an eye on what Cohen and company do next.

BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen demoed his P2P live streaming protocol at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit on Monday, which he said could potentially stream live video to millions of computers with no central infrastructure. Cohen said that the protocol could potentially be used for video conferencing, live streams of video game tournaments or even live sports events. “My goal here is to kill off television,” he joked.


Oct 25 2011

News - MLab Study Surveys BitTorrent Throttling Among Major ISPs

BitTorrent has had a rocky go of it with Internet Service Providers. Whether used for legitimate purposes or not, many ISPs have chosen to throttle BitTorrent connections. Mlab was established a few years ago specifically to study the network management practices of major ISPs. Though BitTorrent throttling was the not the only interest of MLab, it was definitely a major focus.

MLab has released their first study showing how much the major ISPs throttle BitTorrent traffic and how those throttling practices have changed since MLab first strated gathering data in 2008. The most surprising observation is how little BitTorrent traffic Comcast is now throttling given that it was arguably their behavior that put ISP throttling in the spotlight in the first place.

The study in question includes BitTorrent throttling percentages of ISPs in dozens of countries spanning the two-year period between April 2008 and May 2010. TorrentFreak reported on the findings and noted how Comcast, who was throttling nearly half of all P2P traffic a few years ago, last year only throttled around 3% of such connections running on their network.


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