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BitTorrent looks to disrupt TV news starting at RNC

BitTorrent News joins the company's video-streaming app starting on July 18 for live coverage of the Republican National Convention.

BitTorrent, best known for its peer-to-peer sharing technologies, continues its push toward becoming a media company with the BitTorrent News network.


BTN will also cover the Democratic National Convention starting on July 25.


The live-streaming news network will be available through its BitTorrent Live app for Apple TV, iOS devices and MacOS computers starting July 18 with coverage of the Republican National Convention.

"Television news has been stagnating for some time," said Erik Schwartz, vice president of media for BitTorrent, in a blog post Wednesday. "It's having trouble appealing to a generation that grew up online. We're building BitTorrent News to solve that problem. We are using superior data and tools and the Silicon Valley ethos of lean startup to build a nimble news organization that will learn quickly from user behavior."

Viewers can see 10-12 hours of live coverage of the RNC with play-by-play commentary on the speeches and events as well as guest commentary, according to BitTorrent. The network will also be covering the Democratic National Convention starting on July 25.

BitTorrent News will continue on after the conventions with other live news, including broader sports coverage than you'll find from traditional TV news outlets.