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BitTorrent Inventor Demos P2P Live Streaming

Torrent Freak reports that BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen recently demonstrated a new P2P-based live streaming protocol that's been in the works for quite some time. Cohen is currently finalizing the code and hopes it will become the dominant streaming solution on the market just as BitTorrent took the P2P crown.

"Doing live properly is a hard problem, and while I could have a working thing relatively quickly, I’m doing everything the 'right' way," Bram Cohen told TorrentFreak late last year. At the time he added that the BitTorrent protocol had to be rewritten to make it compatible with live streams. That included getting rid of TCP and using congestion control algorithms different from what was created for UTP.

Now months later, Cohen's new protocol is near completion and he's allowed a public demo to be captured on video, as seen below. While the details surrounding the actual protocol are minimal, BitTorrent’s VP of Product Management Simon Morris said Cohen's new protocol is innovative because of his approach to manage latency at "an unprecedented low" while controlling network congestion.

"The management of live p2p streaming on the open internet requires split second reconfigurations to reroute content delivery in the fewest possible round trips between peers in the event of network hiccups," he said. "Bram’s methods to manage network reconfiguration wrap rerouting together with a novel approach to congestion control. Obviously we’ll be happy to share more technical details in due course, but only once the technology reaches a level of maturity that it makes sense to share."

The official release of Cohen's P2P live streaming protocol won't take place for at least a few more months. However when released, Cohen believes this will be a viable alternative to those who can't sink a lot of money into an infrastructure for broadcasting video to the masses (like Ustream, Justin.TV).

  • robochump
    Exactly what we need. More bandwidth sucking interwebz stuff!!! =)
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  • lashabane
    robochumpExactly what we need. More bandwidth sucking interwebz stuff!!! =)Yeah, 'cause it's the 1980's and all we need to do anymore is send text documents.
    /sarcasm
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  • Darkerson
    Pretty neat. Cant wait to see it finalized.
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  • Netherscourge
    Why do PC geniuses all look like Greatful Dead junkies?

    Couldn't he at least wear a nice polo shirt for his little presentation?

    (Not judging him, merely suggesting a break in the stereotype)

    ;)
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  • MxM
    robochumpExactly what we need. More bandwidth sucking interwebz stuff!!! =)Actually it may reduce overall bandwidth, because instead of downloading the whole movie, you may need only a part of it... or you start watching and decided that it does not worth your time....
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  • EHHHH>>>>????

    P2P has been available for Over 1 year now. WTF is this crap .???

    Here is the biggest P2P streamer in the world.. watch real time movies.. thousands of them. http://www.ppstream.com/

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  • Where are all the macs suck comments?
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  • ScrewySqrl
    I see this as not woking for small or obscure items, but working great for something hot right now
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  • f-14
    gmcd2256EHHHH>>>>???? P2P has been available for Over 1 year now. WTF is this crap .???Here is the biggest P2P streamer in the world.. watch real time movies.. thousands of them. http://www.ppstream.com/learn t o r e a d s l o w e r a n d u n d e r s t a n d b e f o r e m o v i n g o n t o t h e n e x t w o r d.
    "Doing live properly is a hard problem, and while I could have a working thing relatively quickly, I’m doing everything the 'right' way,"


    interesting that he is able to cut the route down to direct connection. microsoft should hire this guy. at the very least netflix should. if they don't he may just cut them out of the network business all together.
    my question is since the connection is going to be more direct as possible, how easy is it going to make things for the RIAA and MPAA to track people down. this seems to make ip tracing so easy even a lawyer could do it.
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  • Hey stupid..

    A stated a fact.. this noob is trying to re-do what is already out there. .. perhaps you better go and learn what is out there before you spit out rubbish like that.

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