BitTorrent Peer-to-Peer Protocol Aims at Making Video Streaming Better

January 20, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Video streaming over the internet is so rich these days. This calls for a large central data source and demands more from the network. But thanks to the new peer-to-peer file sharing protocol designed by BitTorrent founder Bram Cohen, things are set to go smoother.

The new streaming protocol reportedly reduces lag drastically, network load and increases video quality for those watching, because everybody that requests a certain video stream shares the feed between themselves, rather than just leeching the content.

The conventional video streaming through YouTube and Netflix consumes more network resources because each user is pulling in their own individual feed. But the new protocol tries to fix that issue by eliminating the need for expensive server infrastructure and reducing latency.

The first public test of the protocol will be at NAMM Jam, the metal band festival featuring Testament and Jackyl. The event takes place all this weekend in California, from 6:45pm to 11:30pm PT.

Dean Guitars are legendary and the NAMM Jam is an iconic event, Cohen said. While the live protocol is still in the testing phases, it’s proving to be incredibly stable. We need to push the limits and see what happens when large numbers of people join a live swarm, he felt.

If anyone can do it, it’s metal fans. Jump on and help BitTorrent test it.

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