The way people watch movies, series and events changed dramatically for the past couple of decades. People were used to the basic locally-controlled television before. However, now, most watch via cable channels and streaming service networks. BitTorrent, who recently just got into the market, is exploring a new platform with its BitTorrent Live for mobile.
BitTorrent Live is finally available on iOS
The new live streaming video service, which initially launched in May, has finally found its way to iOS. The service was originally planned to be available on the said operating system in June, which was a month after its initial release. However, for some reason, it was delayed.
People speculated that the delay was caused by the insufficient number of channels in BitTorrent Live. It still does not have a lot of channels now but the worst part is, as reported by Tech Crunch, the selection is a bit lackluster.
The live streaming service is currently offering 16 channels of which NASA, One World Sports, France 24 and QVC Home are included. There are no reports, as of now, if more channels will be included next year.
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How does it work and is it as good as cable live TV?
Cable television has its wires and satellite while BitTorrent uses the infamous peer-to-peer transmission. The service provider uses every user as a simultaneous uploader to allow faster download when sharing files. In other words, using the internet bandwidth of its users.
BitTorrent Live adopts a similar idea by using its viewers as the broadcaster. According to a report by The Verge, however, BitTorrent removed a blog post saying that their live streaming service uses peer to peer technology. The company also did not respond to a request for clarification. As for latency, it is reported to be roughly 10 seconds. That fact is pretty good considering that Sling TV sometimes has a delay of more than a minute.
The new live streaming service on iOS is also available on MacOS, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.