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EU invests $20m into BitTorrent project

The European Union has invested $20.5 million in a research project that is exploring the use of peer-to-peer technology for Internet television delivery across Europe. The P2P-Next project is using an open-source BitTorrent client called Tribler, which partners including the BBC and European Broadcasting Union plan to use to stream live TV. “This cooperation with both the British and German public broadcasters indicates that P2P is here to stay. We welcome the decision of the European Union to award this proposal around P2P. This means that Europe can expand its roughly two year lead in this important area,” Tribler’s Johan Pouwelse told TorrentFreak.

Total funding for the project is $28 million, with the remaining $7.5 million coming from some of the 21 partners on the project. Aside from the broadcasters, other partners in P2P-Next include Lancaster University, Markenfilm, Pioneer Digital Design Centre Limited and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. “This ambitious project is investigating new ways to deliver video using the P2P paradigm making possible to everybody to distribute videos from anywhere to any number of people anywhere in the world,” said Luis Rodríguez-Roselló, head of the EU’s networked media unit. “I ensure that the project we are launching today will help European stakeholders to be at the frontline in pioneering the looming media revolution enabled by the Internet.” It will be interesting to see whether the project meets its original goals or turns into a heavily sponsored platform for obtaining warez.

Source: Digital Media Wire 


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  1. umbo jambo from afrika
    February 23rd, 2008 | 10:59

    haha “you’ve uploaded a stream containing copyrighted material – BUSTED KID!!!”

  2. Ozzy
    February 23rd, 2008 | 11:09

    LOL would like to see what RIAA has to say about it

  3. Poppa!
    February 23rd, 2008 | 11:11

    Would like to see a RLSLOG channel on that TV! No prize for guessing, my fav shows will be produced by Mr. X… :D

  4. Carra
    February 23rd, 2008 | 12:26

    LOL would like to see what RIAA has to say about it.

    Hah, they’re at the other side of the ocean, let them come.

  5. johnson
    February 23rd, 2008 | 13:01

    Yes im sure the RIAA will be livid. From what I read the EU will be giving every citizen unrestricted access to muic content for free, without paying any royalties.

  6. eTheBlack
    February 23rd, 2008 | 15:04

    iam happy i live in europe… we will still using for very long without any “id!otics” company which will sue you for 3milions euros

  7. Hene88
    February 23rd, 2008 | 15:16

    I suppose one has to pay the regular TV-bill for access.
    I’m quite anxious how the private broadcasters will react to this, whether they have to pay for using the new system..

    Anyhow, it’s nice to live in EU and to be able have this advanced technology soon :D

    I got the feeling that for the first time EU is doing something good for it’s citizens – or at least something good that might affect me.

  8. zed
    February 23rd, 2008 | 15:56

    arent there bunch of programs like TVU or p2pLive that do the same thing? You download/upload the stream of a live broadcast.

    February 23rd, 2008 | 16:18


  10. dan
    February 23rd, 2008 | 17:49

    You people need to pull your heads out of the dark places you seem to have planted them. Ever heard of Interpol? Seems that just like European companies can arrest people in different countries via Interpol, so can American companies arrest people in Europe using the same agency.

    And have you never heard of blocking access to the site? Seems that China has done pretty well in doing this and good old Canada has also blocked access to sites in Europe and Russia so any iSP doing business in Canada cannot allow their people to access the blocked sites forcing the people to go the long way round to get to them.

    You people in Europe had better wake up and join the rest of us in the real world as just because you live in Europe, does not mean that a company in another country cannot use Interpol to reach out and “touch” you.

    Oh and one more thing, what happens if the RIAA and MPAA sue in the World court and win? Then your vaunted “laws” wont mean squat as your countries would have to chage them or face sanctions. Or they sue in your European Court/Tribunal and win? As members of the EU you are now FORCED to change your laws unless you want to break away and the chances of that happening so you can download stuff is infinity to one against it happening.

    You really should use your head for something besides a wind break and a hat rest.

  11. Dorje
    February 23rd, 2008 | 20:12

    Beware young Luke for the dark ones may also use the force

  12. Hene88
    February 23rd, 2008 | 20:49

    Dan/#12, do you really think EU will be sanctioned, because one individual is not put to the American-way of justice?

    Where is the European solidarity, if EU is forced to change laws..? I think no country should have an influence on the domestic affairs of another country, so should EU do its own thing regardless of what other countries are doing.

    Look at Sweden and thepiratebay, Sweden is a member of the EU and thepiratebay is still operating despite numerous warnings, etc. from firms. So why the heck aren’t they arested by the Interpol on behalf of the American companies?! I’m not an expert on this, but I suppose there are some restrictions of Interpol You missed.

  13. nobody
    February 24th, 2008 | 00:40

    you’re an indiot.

  14. yessuz
    February 24th, 2008 | 02:12

    Hehe. I love living in EU :)
    Also, I love living in LIthuania, with quite good internet connections and so lame/weak local riaa alternative ;)

  15. rey-pall
    February 24th, 2008 | 04:46

    CZ rulezz

  16. The Canadian Geezer
    February 24th, 2008 | 19:05

    Dan #12 is a man who is truly a product of the “Bush” metality … If you are not with the MPAA or RIAA you are our enemy … Pssst! Some of us think you need a black president and to “Lighten Up” on trying to bring your particular brand of “Freedom” to the rest of the world … We are not all ready to be ‘Yankee Doodle Dandies’ friend.

  17. grass hopper
    February 27th, 2008 | 10:41

    world court? where is that?