BitTorrent Opens Legal Movie & TV Show Online Store

BitTorrent has launched the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, featuring a comprehensive library of digital entertainment content available for free, for rent and for purchase from 20th Century Fox, Lions Gate, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and MGM. The BitTorrent community is offering movies, television shows and music videos for download, as well as the ability to upload and share user-created content (a great opportunity for independent artists and amateurs alike). "BitTorrent has the infrastructure, technology and established user base to significantly move the needle on digital distribution with quick, easy and affordable delivery," said President Thomas Lesinski of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment.

At launch, the BitTorrent Entertainment Network will feature over 5,000 new and old titles of movies, TV shows, PC games and music content. At this time, the majority of content is available only in standard definition; about 40 hours of content is encoded for high definition (plans are in motion to increase this number). Movie rentals are priced at $3.99 and $2.99 for new release and catalog titles, respectively. TV shows and music videos are download-to-own at $1.99 each. Videos are protected using Microsoft's Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM), meaning playback is limited to Windows-based machines, and a single PC at that. A wide variety of entertainment content, however, will be offered for free, without DRM and designed to be distributed across all platforms.

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Link: Forum Discussion (Thanks Martyn)
News source: DailyTech

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So they want me to pay for DRM infested stuff and use my bandwith to distribute it? If they want to sell stuff they can pay for their own bandwith.

If those have both DRM applied and aren't really international, they'll fall short in too many areas for me.

I don't see how you'd be very inclined into paying for this. :(
So you can't even transfer these to DVD's with preserved quality?

They can't keep up with this and give their customers inferior products for a cost if they want to compete with piracy... It IS possible because many WANT to help their favorite artists, but applying DRM and give your customers hell isn't a way to start! It's like telling them "since you're all a bunch of thieves, here's some crippled versions you can't play right on your devices... now be happy and get this".

Ah huh. So I, in theory, now have two options:

  • Use Bittorrent as I have always been doing and download TV shows for free; or
  • Use Bittorrent as I have always been doing and pay $3 for 24 hours.
Well, they certainly swayed me.

If you want people to stop illegally downloading, you're supposed offer them benefits. And I think we've realised that "being morally just" is not a benefit.

Ive just sent a question. wonder if they will reply. "When will you be in the UK and how much extra will be charged for your UK customers as we all know it costs more in ripoff britain."

Hope anyone that wants to use this doesn't live in the GTA (Ontario, Canada). Rogers throttles BitTorrent connections now, legal or not. It's only an effective method of content distribution when your ISP doesn't brand everyone using it as pirates.

CocoVG said,
Hope anyone that wants to use this doesn't live in the GTA (Ontario, Canada). Rogers throttles BitTorrent connections now, legal or not.

Use ecrypted connections with randomized ports. Never use the standard BT ports.

I'm hoping that changes as well... now that there is a legit avenue, hopefully more stores (legit bittorrent) open up and then Rogers and anyone else are forced to change their methods

Also... I'm a little confused (and tired), but what are the resolutions of the movies or the quality in general... 1 gig +... better be some decent quality lol

Don't know if I'd use this service, will see in the future

MrCobra said,

Use ecrypted connections with randomized ports. Never use the standard BT ports.

You may want to actually research the issue you are trying to fix before spewing useless junk. It doesn't matter which port or if encryption is on/off in this particular case. Please do some research first next time.

I don't get it. How is refusing to update to a client that was bought by BitTorrent which has 'deals' with the MPAA making them paranoid. Everyone of them is in each others pockets.

bah.. they had to kill with the damn DRM.. I would bought some I trying to find some good movies like creepshow and creepshow 2 and dump into my mod xbox watch it off there but thank to ****ty drm I won't be able to.. so usenet here I come.

exactly... with the DRM it pretty much ruins it, as you cant play it on XBMC (XBox Media Center) (with MC360 skin v1.02 ;), which makes XBMC look like xbox360's interface )

cause i tend to play alot of XviD movies on my xbox through XBMC... this is pretty much my primary use for XBMC , is playing XviD Movies/Videos etc.

XBMC is sure nice though ... streaming video from the pc to the xbox ;)

this service is pretty much going to suck since you can get things like netflix for 10-20dollars a month for unlimited rentals.... where this service costs like 3-4dollars PER MOVIE ..... as for tv shows/music videos those should be "FREE" since anyone can tape them from there tv to vhs etc anyways... which is probably similar to the download quality.

and also, im sure they will be using some crappy video format instead of the XviD, which is pretty much "the standard" video format the internet uses for movies for the most part.... as they look close to dvd quality (@ about 1hour per 700MB)

me personally i think if there going to charge for movie rentals they should NOT be more than about 1dollar tops, otherwise you would be better off just going to rent the dvd at your local video store or use something like netflix ... and also, KEEP music videos/tv shows those should be like 50cents or something tops.... IF there going to charge anything in the first place.

bottom line for me is.... i sure aint going to be using this service since there's better options out there.... and these guys prices are to high and have DRM in there crap.

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quote... "Videos are protected using Microsoft's Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM), meaning playback is limited to Windows-based machines" .... it should have said... "Videos are protected using Microsoft's Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM), meaning it's pretty much pointless to buy" lol

I guess the real problem that started this all off is, the media companies RIAA and MPAA got ****ed as they didn't think of music downloads and movie downloads first. they didn't only do that but, they had no way to control and harness the possible cash-flow.