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BitTorrent Launches Entertainment Network

BitTorrent, a San Francisco based company that delivers media over the Internet, recently launched BitTorrent Entertainment Network, a peer-to-peer network that allows consumers to download movies, TV television shows and music videos, as well as publish and share their own content. The new network features a library of downloadable digital entertainment on the Web, including content from Lions Gate, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and BitTorrent's newest partner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

BitTorrent has made deals with more than 35 content partners and features more than 5,000 titles of movies, TV shows, PC games and music content, as well as over 40 hours of high-definition programming. Consumers have access to both new releases and catalog movie titles such as "Superman Returns," "Mission: Impossible III," "World Trade Center," "Jackass: Number Two," and more. It also provides TV programming including shows from 20th Century Fox, MTV Networks, Spike TV, Comedy Central, VH1, Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Network.

BitTorrent's entertainment network can also be used as a distribution platform for independent content creators. There is also a sizable collection of HD titles available. Furthermore, a wide variety of entertainment content is available for free and without digital rights management, designed for distribution across all platforms.

"Digital distribution represents a significant new revenue stream for the entertainment industry, but up until now, it has been hindered by the combination of long download times and the lack of good content for people to download," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group. "BitTorrent has aggressively addressed both problems; first with their unique technology, which moves content closer to the customer and dramatically lowers the amount of time it takes to acquire it, and second with their unusually strong content library."