Just a week after officially launching BitTorrent Now on iOS and Apple TV, BitTorrent today has released a beta version of its BitTorrent Live app for Mac users. For those unfamiliar, BitTorrent Live is the company’s proprietary streaming technology that it launched earlier this year after years of development.
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Specifically, BitTorrent says it released the beta version for Mac today so that users can watch live coverage of the ongoing Republican National Convention. Seeing that it’s almost wrapped, however, the platform should also be useful for the Democratic National Convention, which takes place next week.
Unlike BitTorrent Now, which doesn’t use any peer-to-peer technology at the moment, BitTorrent Live takes full advantage of it. BitTorrent says that Live turns “every viewer into a broadcaster.” Ultimately, the company hopes that the technology will solve the problem of lag on live broadcasts, while also reducing the need for an expensive content delivery system for networks and streaming websites alike.
Upon downloading the BitTorrent Live app for Mac, users will be asked to activate the service by visiting the BitTorrent website and either signing into their existing account or creating a new one.
Currently, there certainly aren’t a lot of big-name networks streaming that are streaming on BitTorrent Now. The current supported feeds are A Wealth of Entertainment, Clubbing TV, Fast & Fun Box, Lightbox, Film Box ArtHouse, France24, Heroes TV, NASA TV, NewsMax, Nusic TV, One World Sports, One America News Network, Pursuit Channel, RNC Evening Coverage, and TWiT.
Seeing that the app is in beta, there are some bugs, specifically when it comes to the interface, but streaming works very smoothly and has been lag and buffer free in my testing thus far. It’s a really interesting concept by BitTorrent to take the technology that has so long be associated with the pirating of content and apply it to an industry where it could really make a difference. In reducing lag and the need for massive CDNs, BitTorrent Live could help ease the transition from standard cable service to streaming.