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Become A BitTorrent Broadcaster, Get Ready for SyncApp in April

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We recently reported about BitTorrent live streaming protocol going from beta to public and everyone being invited to have a go. For those still puzzled about it and hungry for more details here’s another post to point you in the right direction.

How it works: Small groups (dubbed ‘clubs) are assigned the broadcast data; they then share the stream with a UDP protocol. Afterwards congestion control is added.

“Now that we have begun to send out invites to BitTorrent Live broadcaster applicants, it seemed like a great time to begin a series of technical articles discussing the product,” reads an article on BitTorrent Inc’s engineering blog where you can check out extensive technical info about the release. BitTorrent founder Bram Cohen filed patent application 13/603,905 last September and is awaiting approval. For those who want to better understand the technology employed here we recommend the engineering blog post we mentioned.

“So far, the one thing cable infrastructure has managed to still do better [than streaming] is live broadcasting. But the BitTorrent Live technology makes it practical to move that to the internet without being cost prohibitive,” Cohen said in the interview we mentioned last month.

“We plan to shape the future of live broadcasts and want to work with broadcasters to accomplish that.”

While BitTorrent Live will be free to publishers and end-users, the company announced it will choke competing implementations.

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The idea that transmission tools that are affordable and high-quality at the same time will be made accesible to the average individual and small groups has generated quite a buzz. The news grabbed everyone’s attention especially since high quality video broadcasting is not necessarily something easily reachable on the internet. For this a CDN (Content Delivery Network) is required. As you probably know, unless you don’t know about internet either, the largest private network in the world is operated, of course, by Google (YouTube traffic is a bitch!), the giant that in 2010 killed net neutrality.

Want to try BitTorrent Live and share your experience with the rest of us? Go here for registration.

BitTorrent Sync Prepares to Leave Private Beta

Earlier this year we also reported that BitTorrent is planning the launch of a syncing app, similar to Dropbox. Since then the company made solid improvements to the service and now has announced a more public version of what is still regarded Alpha software.

“We will be opening the Alpha version of SyncApp for anyone to download by the end of April”, says the company.

While many are rubbing their hands in anticipation for the new BitTorrent offering, still there are some strong contenders out there (like Microsoft’s SyncToy app or SyncBack SE).

How BitTorrent will deliver on the promise will find out pretty soon. Stay tuned!

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