BitTorrent has launched a new video and music streaming app for iOS, Android and Apple TV.
The BitTorrent name is synonymous with legally-dubious peer-to-peer file sharing over the internet. So it's quite a change for it to go legit, and try and compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Spotify. But that's exactly what it's done with BitTorrent Now.
However, it doesn't offer the same selection as you'd find on a BitTorrent site, and isn't nearly as tempting as its well-established competitors. Most of the on-demand videos and music it offers are from little-known independent artists. Some is free, and some includes adverts.
BitTorrent Now will support virtual reality content, as well as whatever else people choose to upload. However, any content offered will have to abide by the rules set out by Apple and Google in order to be offered in the App Store and Google Play. So you won't be able to stream 'Game of Thrones' from it.
It's had mixed reviews so far, averaging 2.7 out of five on Google Play. Still, it might be worth hunting through some chaff to find the wheat.
Source: Google Play