BitTorrent has one thing going for it that many of the other players seem to lack: an understanding of the technology required to deliver a great deal of data
. The big question will be compatibility and DRM. The press release had this to say:
The videos, which can be downloaded and viewed on a PC, laptop and other portable devices, include new film releases day-and-date with the DVD release, popular TV series, deep catalog titles and cult classics. One exception is Palm Pictures, as they plan to be the first studio to utilize the BitTorrent platform to release full-length feature films before the theatrical and DVD release dates. Most film titles will be available for purchase on a Download-to-Own (DTO) basis or for rent on a Video-on-Demand (VOD) basis, while TV content will be available for DTO only.
While their roster is impressive, the presumed lack of integration with the most popular handheld device, the iPod, and an absence of end-to-end integration will probably hurt them. Still, this market is