BitTorrent Live offers a different take on live streaming video

BitTorrent is throwing its hat into the live streaming ring with its upcoming app, BitTorrent Live. The app will offer live video content for news, music, sports, and more. But unlike other live streaming offerings such as Sling TV or Hulu's upcoming product, BitTorrent Live will use peer-to-peer technology.

From BitTorrent:

Powered by our proprietary and patented peer-to-peer live streaming protocol, BitTorrent Live allows for large audiences to view live video with sub 10-second latency and without the need for an expensive CDN or pre-provisioning. With BitTorrent Live, every viewer is also a broadcaster. This allows the video stream to remain strong and for the broadcast to be as scalable as traditional Over-the-Air TV.

The app will have a free channel package when it launches, featuring the following channels:

  • AWE
  • Clubbing TV
  • Fightbox
  • Filmbox Arthouse
  • Heroes TV
  • Newsmax
  • NUsicTV
  • OANN
  • One World Sports
  • OpenNews TV
  • Pursuit Channel
  • TWiT

BitTorrent Live will add a number of other channels over time, including subscription, ad-supported, and Pay-Per-View offerings. BitTorrent has not yet announced a launch date for the app, though it will be available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac later this year.