Bittorrent Live and Legal With Digital Movie Rentals and TV Shows for Sale26 Feb, 2007 By: Jessica Wolf
Former digital piracy hothouse Bittorrent is up and running for legal downloads of topline movies and TV shows.
The peer-to-peer technology driven site went live today with its official download store, offering such movies as Superman Returns, Saw III, Jackass Number Two and Lady in the Water, as well as last night's Oscar winners An Inconvenient Truth and Little Miss Sunshine.
Movie content is available for rental only at $2.99 to $3.99, depending on the flick. TV episodes are available for $1.99 purchase, following the iTunes pricing strategy.
The TV show lineup includes Fox's current shows “24,” “Arrested Development,” “Bones” and “Prison Break” alongside past favorites “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly” and others.
Also available are MTV's “Punk'd,” “Jackass,” “My Super Sweet 16;” Comedy Central's “South Park,” “Drawn Together” and “Chappelle's Show” as well as download channels with content from VHI, Spike, Nickelodeon and more.
The site has been quietly functioning as a legal download service since early last year and has spent much of that time brokering content deals.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group started the flow of major content to Bittorrent.com when it signed on with the site in May of last year.
In November, 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm Pictures, Paramount and Starz media all inked digital downloading agreements with the site.
Smaller suppliers such as Palm Pictures have said they like Bittorrent's speedy download times, which come thanks to legal filesharing technology and other customer-friendly features such as non-restrictive open-universe DRM.