Mininova to Launch BitTorrent Video Streaming
If you are a fan of streaming video like I am, you might have left the BitTorrent world for sites like Hulu, but now Mininova is launching a video streaming application service that will stream from Torrents.
The popular BitTorrent site Mininova is currently Beta testing BitTorrent powered video streaming. The new streaming feature allows users to watch videos instantly, streamed from .torrent files.
The new feature will be integrated into the featured torrents section, which lists all the distributors taking part in Mininova’s content distribution platform.
The Open Source “swarmplayer” which is used for the video streaming service is developed in collaboration with the Tribler team from the Technical University Delft and Free University Amsterdam. Tribler is also working together with the BBC and several other European broadcasters, and they recently received a $22 million grant for P2P research from the European Union.
For people using in-house video streaming technology, this could help alleviate some of the bandwidth costs, and hopefully still allow for a very high quality video stream. I look forward to seeing how widely this technology is implemented and what the legal ramifications are as flash based copyrighted material video streaming becomes more popular.