BitTorrent Live was first introduced at the 2016 Boston INTX show. The idea was simple: to use BitTorrent’s P2P platform as a way to create an unbeatable live TV streaming service.
With BitTorrent Live you could watch a TV show and you also reshare it with others allowing for a smooth and seamless experience. The hope was a P2P-powered live TV service could avoid the buffering and other issues services such as Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue all experience.
BitTorrent Live offered 15 free channels—mostly unknown channels but including a few more known channels such as CGTN, Clubbing TV, FilmBox Arthouse, QVC, Nasa TV UHD, and Eleven Sports, and sold a couple of add-on news-focused packages for $5 per month and $2 per month, respectively. It also offered Deutsche Welle (DW) for $5 per month. The service was available on iOS, Android, Fire TV, Apple TV, and browsers for Macs.
Now it seems that it will soon be no more. Variety is reporting that the 10-person team was notified last week that they are being let go. By the end of this week it is expected that the service will shut down.
BitTorrent Live has been up for sale for some time. Sadly, it seems no one was interested, and the service has decided it can no longer stay open.
With a growing list of competitors including new entries such as DIRECTV NOW, YouTube TV, and soon Hulu it makes sense that BitTorrent Live would decide the market was too crowded for it to continue.
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