“BitTorrent rolled out a paid music and movie download service today, leveraging its fast distribution system infamous for the massive piracy it facilitated when it debuted in 2001,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service.
Kirk reports, “The BitTorrent Entertainment Network — launched with movies such as ‘Superman Returns,’ TV shows including ’24’ and PC games — will be a new entrant challenging other download services such as Apple’s iTunes Store and Amazon.com’s Unbox. BitTorrent’s service is stocked with 5,000 movies, TV shows, PC games and music.”
“BitTorrent will use digital rights management (DRM) technology from Microsoft that will prevent protected content from being redistributed on the Internet or played on a different PC, according to The New York Times. Content will play through Windows Media Player 11, Microsoft’s multimedia application,” Kirk reports.
MacDailyNews Note: The only portable devices supported by the BitTorrent Entertainment Network are laptop PCs. Purchased or rented content will only work on Windows.
Kirk reports, “TV shows on BitTorrent are purchased for ownership, but movies will expire after either 30 days or 24 hours after a user starts watching. TV downloads will cost $1.99, while movie rentals will range from $2.99 to $3.99… Similarly, the iTunes Store sells to own, with TV episodes priced at $1.99 and movies ranging from $9.99 to $14.99.”
Full article here.
Just what the world didn’t need: another Unbox flop. Yawn.
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