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BitTorrent is launching a TV streaming service

With iOS, Mac OS and Apple TV apps going live this week and premium content set to arrive this summer, the file-sharing service wants to help you cut the cord.


Legacy file-sharing client BitTorrent is making a move into media with a new BitTorrent Live TV streaming app, laying the groundwork for a new BitTorrent TV streaming service. The app will be available on Apple TV, Mac OS computers and iOS devices later this week.

With it, you'll be able to watch free streams from 13 content providers. None of them are big "gets" by any stretch, with highlights including Clubbing TV, TWiT and Newsmax TV, though the plan is to expand upward beyond the free tier with the addition of cable networks and premium content.

What that premium content will include remains to be seen, but Variety reports that the focus will be on coverage of live events like news and sports. BitTorrent won't rule out cable networks and outside providers like HBO, but it didn't offer much by way of a game plan for adding them. Whatever it ends up looking like, the first slate of premium BitTorrent TV channels is planned for a summer launch.