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Bittorrent asks crowd to fund its first self-made show

Thinks that if punters pay for it, they will come
Mon Jul 14 2014, 14:34

BITTORRENT has taken a leaf from more traditional providers and announced its plans to fund a homegrown sci-fi show for its users.

Amazon and Netflix have both tried their luck with homegrown content, and in the case of the latter has won awards for its work. Bittorrent is following that lead, but with its own spin.

A blog post announces the project, and there we learn that Bittorrent plans to offer a pilot of a show through its Bittorrent Bundles program, an offer that has so far led to some 100 million downloads.

These have been free to date, but soon Bittorrent will add a paywall system that means that artists and developers can monetise their wares. Part of this new system will be the pilot episode of a show called Children of the Machine.

"Our goal is to make the Internet a better place for creativity: to make music, film, and art more valuable each time it's shared. This summer, we'll be building paygates into Bundle: allowing fans to buy projects direct from artists; giving publishers choice and control when it comes to funding their work," Bittorrent said.

"This fall, Rapid Eye Studios will bring a new original content series to Bittorrent Bundle. Children of the Machine tells the story of young adulthood on earth, after a major tech upheaval. The pilot will be launched with Bittorrent Bundle."

The show is not made yet, and has what is described as a 'funding threshold'. The idea is that if people enjoy the pilot then they might be prepared to finance the rest of the series.

"If viewers fall in love with the show, they can purchase the entire series in advance via Bundle paygates. Once the funding threshold is reached - 250K subscribers - the first season will be produced, and delivered back to the fans who kicked in to support the project," it added. µ


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