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BitTorrent Goes Straight With Legit Vid Store - smitharose - 02-27-2007 11:53 AM
BitTorrent, long known as a haven for unauthorized file-sharing, on Monday launched the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, an online store selling movies, TV shows and music videos for download. The network can also be utilized as a distribution platform for independent content creators. It faces stiff competition with established players like Apple's iTunes Store and YouTube.
San Francisco-based BitTorrent, a firm infamous for creating file-sharing software that lets millions of people swap pirated movies and video content online, on Monday launched the BitTorrent Entertainment Network at BitTorrent.com.
The surprising shift comes with the support of major studios, television networks and video game publishers. BitTorrent now boasts the "most comprehensive library of downloadable digital entertainment ever amassed on the Web," including content from 20th Century Fox, Lions Gate, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
BitTorrent's 135 million users will now be able to rent movies for US$3.99 for newer releases and $2.99 for older titles. Television shows and music videos, on the other hand, are $1.99 each and can be kept indefinitely. The downloaded copyrighted content will contain digital rights management (DRM) features that will prevent them from being illegally copied.