BitTorrent Partners with Consumer Electronics Manufacturers

Today, BitTorrent, Inc. has announced a collaborative effort with a number of hardware manufacturers to promote BitTorrent-embedded consumer products. Consumer electronics manufacturers are starting to integrate the BitTorrent platform into their products to ensure a fast and seamless download experience for their customers.

ASUS, Planex and QNAP are among the first CE manufacturers to implement the BitTorrent download manager into their digital home devices. Products include wireless routers, media servers and network attached storage (NAS) devices. A BitTorrent-based router will enable users to connect to the Internet, schedule and download files all without the need for a traditional PC to be used.

News source: Geekzone

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Very interesting - torrents have mostly been the realm of the illicit; large entities hate them because of the lack of control and poor tracking. Will big business every adopt the torrent method of distribution? I think not, as DRM becomes more pervasive. I predict that a similar but closed method will be developed, and will work like bittorent but will allow the originators of the protected contact to track and restrict the data, and shut it off (or even revoke/delete it) at will.

Torrenting is SO much better than downloading using the "Save Target As" method. As long as people want it, it's available. There's no chance of it disappearing due to the regular causes of files no longer being available for download.

Quote - XerXis said @ #5
great, but then routers will need 250 gig hdd's, and how much more expensive will that make them :p


Not necessarily, they will most likely use samba shares from your computers on your network to store the files. DD-WRT on supported Broadcom based routers (wrt54g simply rocks with the firmware) allows samba file share access to run scripts and save configuration.

Jordan

Quote - jas8522 said @ #5.1


Not necessarily, they will most likely use samba shares from your computers on your network to store the files. DD-WRT on supported Broadcom based routers (wrt54g simply rocks with the firmware) allows samba file share access to run scripts and save configuration.

Jordan

Nice idea, but kinda gets rid of the whole, "no pc needed" thing.

Way I see it working is having a USB port for mass media devices