BitTorrent Live

Live streaming video. iPhone, Apple TV, MacOS. Android soon.

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Ryan HooverFounder, Product Hunt
They announced details of BitTorrent Live back and May. Today, it's live for Apple TV. Android, iOS, and OS X apps are coming shortly. Tangent: It's so odd to me that Apple doesn't provide a way to view Apple TV apps on the web. Creators have to awkwardly instruct users to "search Apple TV for ". Reminds me of AOL keywords back in the day. 😜
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Ouriel OhayonZenGo.com / CEO
@rrhoover you can view tv apps on the web now. But you can't download them. Apple need a way to trigger a download from any Web page (like Google play)
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Erik Schwartz
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@rrhoover On the tangent. It is frustrating that you can't really use the web to discover Apple TV apps that you can then remotely install. It makes marketing tvOS apps a little challenging.
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I'm so confused - isn't this the same thing as popcorn time? Streaming torrents? I'm assuming it won't be legal also?
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Ah I see. It's livestreaming. Not regular streaming.
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Erik Schwartz
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VP Media - Live
@pimdewitte Yup. Live streaming. It does not run on the original BitTorrent protocol. We have distribution deals in place with all the channels in the service.
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@eriks @pimdewitte Out of curiosity? Why did they sign with you? What was your angle?
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Erik Schwartz
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@arecenello @pimdewitte TV networks are looking for audience and we're another distribution channel for them. But what really appeals to TV people about this is that fundamentally they like the idea of fixed cost distribution. With traditional streaming services the more people who are watching the more is costs to support them. With BitTorrent Live the costs are fixed. So if you build a really big audience you aren't hit with a huge CDN bill.
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@eriks @pimdewitte Thanks for the great answer. Follow-up question: How can a fixed-cost structure scale in the long-term for you when eventually millions are simultaneously watching these networks through your platform at the original fixed cost? There are only so many high-paying television networks, right?
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I wonder if there's gonna be an sdk allowing developers to build p2p live streaming right into their apps
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Erik Schwartz
Maker
VP Media - Live
@stargazer That is not in our short term roadmap. We're mostly focused now on supporting more platforms.
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Erik Schwartz
Maker
VP Media - Live
Hi everyone, I am Erik. I work on the Live team at BitTorrent. Happy to answer any questions. BitTorrent Live is the first product we’ve built on top of a new live streaming protocol invented by Bram Cohen. We built BitTorrent Live in order to solve some serious problems in the live streaming space. Specifically cost of scaling and live streaming performance. We’ll be rolling out on more platforms over the course of the summer, mostly starting with OTT boxes. We’re also going to be adding a ton of new channels and programming.
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@eriks is this US-only for now ? Can't find it on the french store.
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Ben MehlingHealthcare @ Crossover, Reflexion, Mirth
@eriks Android TV on the roadmap? Thx!
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Erik Schwartz
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VP Media - Live
@bmehling All OTT box platforms are on the roadmap
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FadhliSoftware Engineer
@eriks This is great. As a developer, how can I use the BT live streaming network ? Are there plans to provide people to built apps on top of your network?
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Andrew RichardSoftware Engineer and Machine learning
Coming soon....
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Erik Schwartz
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@basictechy It's available now on Apple TV (the new ones). Just search for BitTorrent Live in the tvOS store on your Apple TV.
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