BitTorrent Live hit the iTunes App Store this week. BitTorrent Live, if you’re unfamiliar, is a new way to stream over-the-top (OTT) content.
In other words, if you’re looking to stream certain live sports events, news and more, you might want to tune in to BitTorrent Live to see if it’s available for free. The service doesn’t pack that much content yet, but it promises to add more channels “every day.” Right now, you’ll find content from France 24, One World Sports, NewsMax TV, TWiT and NASA. Yeah, not exactly something most folks are going to go nuts over just yet, but this is more about potential for the technology than it is about what’s currently available. It’s also available across platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Mac, which makes it convenient.
A unique way to stream
The neat thing about BitTorrent Live is that it employs some familiar technology from bittorrents, which means users help to stream off of one another, according to The Verge. In some respects, that could give BitTorrent a leg up, or perhaps just better performance, over companies like Sling TV, DirecTV Now and others, which rely on their own servers to push content instead of the users. It’s unique, even if it is a bit of a dry offering right now. My guess is we’ll see that change rather quickly. Hit the source to grab the app on your iOS device now.