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Following the announcement mid-May 2016 of the BitTorrent Now app, the peer-to-peer file sharing protocol and software company has confirmed its first-ever streaming apps for mobile, starting initially with Android. Following shortly will be apps for iOS and Apple TV.
A reintroduction of BitTorrent’s Bundle platform, BitTorrent Now marks the addition of a pilot programme for ad-supported streaming releases with creators receiving 70 per cent of all revenue.
According to the company, working to create a better way for artists to harness the Internet to distribute and monetise their work, BitTorrent Now focuses on better rev shares, multiple business models, and data transparency.
The launch marks pilot partnerships with studios and distributors including indie film studio Honora, premiering four new episodic series, all which feature emerging talent in nonfiction, stand-up comedy, and drama; Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope Labs releases 13 feature films including Embrace of the Serpent, The Fits, 12 O’Clock Boys, Dark Days, Le Tigre, and more to the platform; A24 Films releases comedy-drama film Swiss Army Man; and Atom Factory who brings SMASHD TV to BitTorrent Now, covering the best of tech, culture, and hustle.
BitTorrent has also partnered with artists, collectives, and record labels such as rapper and artist Yung Jake who debuts his new mixtape USB exclusively on BitTorrent, Kyiki of Crystal Fighters who debuts her latest single, and Fool’s Gold Records who partners with BitTorrent Now to bring a collection of over 40 releases in its catalogue including Atlanta R&B duo Bosco & Speakerfoxxx.