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More Suppliers Flow Content to BitTorrent

29 Nov, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Eight more content providers have signed on to deliver films and TV shows digitally via BitTorrent, formerly known as one of the worst of the illegal peer-to-peer sharing sites.

Programming from 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Starz Media will be available for either download to own or video-on-demand rental at BitTorrent.com.

Palm Pictures goes a step further and will use the site as the first stop for content, releasing feature films for BitTorrent download prior to their theatrical or DVD release, according to the company.

The companies join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Egami Media, Hart Sharp, Koch Entertainment and The Orchard in supporting BitTorrent as a digital distribution service, giving the site a major catalog boost.

Notable content to be available at BitTorrent as a result of the new programming deal includes movies X-Men: The Last Stand, Ringu, Saw III, 13 Tzameti, Mission: Impossible III, and Ghost in the Shell. TV programming will include hits like “Star Trek” from Paramount; “24” and “Prison Break” from 20th Century Fox; “City of Men” from Palm; “Laguna Beach” and “Celebrity Deathmatch” from MTV: Music Television; Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning “South Park” and “Chappelle's Show” from COMEDY CENTRAL; “Hogan Knows Best” from VH1; “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” from Nickelodeon; and “Skyland” from Nicktoons Network.

“This is a true testament to the value of our community, technology and the position we aspire to play in the world of entertainment and content distribution,” said Ashwin Navin, President and Co-founder of BitTorrent. “Our audience has a voracious appetite for digital content and by offering the titles they want with a solid user experience; it's a win-win situation for both content providers as well as our users.”

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