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BBC Worldwide Announces File-Sharing Deal

19 Dec, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

BBC Worldwide Limited, a unit of the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), today announced a distribution deal with peer-to-peer (P2P) technology provider Azureus' nascent site Zudeo.com.

Under terms of the agreement, BBC would license — beginning next year — select TV programming, including “Red Dwarf,” “Strange” and “Invasion Earth.” Other titles include “Little Britain,” “Doctor Who,” “Fawlty Towers” (with John Cleese), “Coupling,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” “League of Gentlemen” and “Ideal.”

File-sharing price points (not an oxymoron) were not disclosed.

Like other community-based sites, Zudeo allows users to upload, showcase and distribute for free on the Internet high-resolution video and games in high-definition or DVD quality. In addition to search, browse, channel and tagging functions, Zudeo will soon offer P2P streaming.

“We want to ensure that our most popular content, as well as programs that have rarely been seen in the territory, are part of the latest dynamic entertainment environment and can reach the largest audience possible,” said Beth Clearfield, VP, program management and digital media, BBC Worldwide.

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