FILESHARING SOFTWARE MAKER Bittorrent and Vestel are teaming up for the world's first Bittorrent certified smart TV, which will allow users to download, share and play files directly to and from their digital TV.
The announcement came at the IFA show in Berlin, where Bittorrent and digital TV maker Vestel plan to demonstrate a prototype of the device.
"Consumers want all types of personal media and internet content in their living rooms and the TV remains the most desired device for consuming this digital media, regardless of source," said Hakan Kutlu, deputy general manager of marketing at Vestel. "Bittorrent certification helps our TV line meet this consumer demand and ensures that Vestel products remain at the forefront of technology innovation and adoption."
Bittorrent certification means that Vestel can make use of of the Bittorrent protocol for downloading, transcoding, sharing and file-shifting, which will make it easier to find, download, and play files on any certified device.
Bittorrent has over 100 million users, all of whom operate using PCs, but that could change significantly in the near future, with plans to launch TVs, Blu-ray and DVD players, media extenders, NAS devices, and other Bittorrent certified products.
The question of legality might overshadow this product, however, as torrent files are an infamous means for illegal sharing of movies, TV shows, music, games, and software. For movies and TV shows, at least, a Bittorrent TV could make it a lot easier to illegally acquire files, which could be downloaded straight to the TV without the need for a computer.
Of course, what users do with Bittorrent software is their affair, but we imagine copyright holders, particularly the large music and movie companies, will not be happy that filesharing will become even easier. µ