Warner Teams with Bit Torrent

Published: 2006-05-11
Warner Bros has just signed an agreement with BitTorrent a file sharing program that has typically been used to download movies and television shows illegally. But now the two companies have joined sides to distribute Warner Bros content legally through BitTorrent.

BitTorrent's technology is similar to that of peer to peer file sharing but unlike programs that are used to sharing music BitTorrent is made for easy downloading of large files such as television shows or movies.

Starting this summer customers will be able to download movies and television shows from the Warner Bros catalogue. Though you will be able to burn the the downloadable movies onto DVD they will not play on a DVD player - only your computer.

This news comes as other major companies also take advantage of the technological revolution - Fox began selling episodes of their hit shows on iTunes for Apple's new video iPods, ABC began streaming episodes of popular TV shows for free and movielink.com now sells movie downloads from certain studios.

TV shows are expected to cost $1 an episode while movies will cost about the price of a DVD.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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I'm really glad Warner is exploring this angle. There are conscientious people who will choose to pay for something even though they can get the exact same thing for free through the same means.

Unfortunately, I don't think anyone is stupid enough to pay for a crippled version of something they can get uncrippled for free. I think the limitation of not being able to burn to DVD will make this project fail miserably, a failure which will probably be blamed on the technology, sadly.
Posted by: Anonymous on May 20, 2006
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