BitTorrent's P2P Streaming Takes the Lag Out of Live Video

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Livestreams are great and all, but they're all subject to a terrible reality: the more people who want to watch, the more likely it is the stream goes down. BitTorrent's P2P streaming service BitTorrent Live stands to change all that by actually drawing strength from the crowd, and it's here to start shaking up the scene.

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Developed on the on the foundation laid by the original BitTorrent protocol, BitTorrent Live chops up live video feeds and distributes the load among a bunch of peers much in the same way your standard torrent will divvy up a giant file. This cuts down on lag and latency and makes streaming live video wildly easier from a resource perspective, effectively removing any barrier to entry for broadcasting, especially when there are large audiences involved.

BitTorrent Live has been under development and testing for years, culminating in a closed beta test that's been running since early last year. It's technically still in beta, but as of now it's open to everyone. You can go sign up to give it a try on the BitTorrent Live page. Let's hope it won't be long before we can say goodbye to crappy streams for good.

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the same companies who own the media (or the rights to it)... have also found a way to stick it to the customer by buying out the medium to provide the internet most people will be using to run their favorite.... bit-t0rrent client... .ie.Comcast, Timewarner, a&tt, Verizon .... theses companies will continue to styphon competition through monopolistic tactics such as agreeing on territories and bundles... while allowing infrastructural innovation in the US to remain stagnated.. Thus causing this country to continue lagging far behind other countries in terms of available bandwidth for consumers at a affordable price... and raising prices on internet services we all use to stick it to the cable companies.....