Although primarily identified with illegal file sharing, BitTorrent was designed from the beginning for content delivery. Having been largely ignored by commercial content providers, the company has focused more on products to make it easier for consumers to share their own content, such as personal pictures and home movies.
These new devices focus largely on that task, as well as enabling the sharing of content with multiple devices on the same home network. The company will be demonstrating prototypes of most of these devices privately this week.
Dune HD and Antik Technology will be making BitTorrent certified set-top boxes. AirTies will also be producing set-top boxes, as well as NAS units and routers. BBK Electronics' products will include TVs and Blu-ray players. Each of the new BitTorrent partners sees personal content, particularly the explosion of HD video, as a key motivator for adopting the technology.
Dune HD CEO Konstantin Dyshlevoy said:
Once you've recorded a smartphone video with your friends or recorded a family wedding, it's fairly easy to transfer the files to your PC. However people really want to easily view them on their TV, and also share them with friends. BitTorrent technology makes it fast and easy.
This sentiment was echoed by Tuncay Cil of AirTies:
The massive files generated by this latest generation of smartphones, digital SLRs, and HD camcorders are driving demand for NAS and set-top box devices in the home, not to mention better routers. The key is make these files easily consumable on all of the other devices in your home and make it even easier to share them directly with friends
Written by: Rich Fiscus @ 9 Jan 2012 15:22