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Matt Mason and Evan Husney Talk The Future of Film DistributionBitTorrent has long been a pioneer and a strong voice in the conversation about digital distribution, and now they’re bringing us a video interview series called BitTorrent Sessions. Off the heels of a successful Bundles collaboration (over 3.5 million downloads) with Drafthouse Films for The Act of Killing, BitTorrent’s Matt Mason sat down with Evan Husney (the then creative director of Drafthouse Films, now with Vice) to talk about the current state of film distribution and where we’re headed. More »

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BitTorrent Bundles Download within ClientThe alpha publishing project BitTorrent Bundles is catching on as a diverse tool for the distribution of content directly to fans. BitTorrent has announced a new Android app and an update to two of their software clients, uTorrent and BitTorrent. The update will make Bundles available to download directly from inside the clients. What does this mean for filmmakers? Read on for more details. More »

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The Act of Killing Bittorent BundleJoshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-shortlisted The Act of Killinga documentary revisiting squad leaders from the Indonesian genocides of the 60′s, was released on iTunes today. In a partnership between Drafthouse Films and BitTorrent, heaps of exclusive and free bonus content can be downloaded through their new BitTorrent Bundle. Read on to find out what’s inside the Bundle and how you can download it. More »

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BitTorrentSync Version 1.2BitTorrent is still hot in pursuit of creating a decentralized internet, and their new web syncing tool BitTorrent Sync is seeing a lot of use. BitTorrent Sync is a tool for syncing your files over the web without going through third-party servers. With the release of version 1.2, they are making it faster, available on iOS7, and adding an API (Application programming interface) for developers to build on top of BitTorrent sync. Hit the jump for the details. More »

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piratingIt looks as though media pirating information is becoming more and more relevant to distribution and content rights holders. We’ve talked before about how Netflix monitors torrent activity to find out what’s popular amongst moviegoers, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had some interesting things to say about how the allure of free movies might be overshadowed by ease of use. An article from The Verge explores yet another dimension of the piracy discourse: availability of content. How does the availability of certain films affect illegal downloading, and how will this change the future of distribution? More »

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BitTorrent Bundles for Publishers

Since May of this year, BitTorrent has been developing its publishing service Bundles, a platform that provides a way for creators to have all the advantages of the peer-to-peer protocol while also maintaining control over their content. On September 24th they made major steps towards bringing it into the hands of every content creator by moving the platform into a closed Alpha stage. For filmmakers, access to these tools could be a real boon for certain distribution strategies, so hit the jump for nofilmschool’s Q&A with Matt Mason from BitTorrent. More »

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self distribution direct options Whatever you choose to call it: self distribution, direct distribution, or as some prefer “alternative-distribution” — the tools are out there for filmmakers to publish their work and get paid for it. It’s not a fast track to success and will likely require the full breadth of your attention to make it work, but it is quickly becoming the most viable way for filmmakers to carve out a market for themselves in this industry. Read on to get a roundup of some of the big players, a simple breakdown of what each of them offer and my first impressions. More »

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NetflixMedia piracy has been a thorny issue ever since the turn of the century. The Information Age giving rise to P2P file sharing services like Napster, LimeWire, and BitTorrent, and gave users instant access to their favorite music and other media for free, challenging the 1998 DMCA. The entertainment industry seems to have largely taken a solid position against piracy, but what if piracy information is used to choose the programming of a paid service? Netflix recently shared that they take this data into account in their content development strategy, adding yet another dimension in the anti/pro piracy debate. More »

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Tim Staples and Joel Bergvall Fly or Die

BitTorrent’s alpha program Bundles is developing new release strategies every day and people in the content creation business are starting to catch on. Joel Bergvall & Tim Staples, the creators of the new “television” series Fly or Die, spoke to nofilmschool about eschewing traditional paths in favor of creative control and audience interaction. They will be turning to the people of the internet, the BitTorrent community specifically, to vote on whether they should pursue a network deal, a deal with an internet partner, or perhaps develop a series with each episode distributed as a BitTorrent Bundle. In other words, the audience has a much bigger say in what content is getting created. Read on for our interview with the creators of Fly or Die and find out how they chose the BitTorrent route — the answer might make you smile. More »

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BitTorrent Sync LogoBitTorrent Sync, a decentralized file-syncing system spearheaded by the entrepreneurial minds at the BitTorrent Labs was released as an Alpha last April. Now it’s here in an updated Beta iteration with more features including mobile syncing and archiving. This could be big for filmmakers: the ability to quickly sync large files between multiple people or devices without the use of a central server. It’s free, unlimited, secure, and was designed for “fast file transfer: between users and machines; between editors and collaborators.” Hit the jump to learn more: More »

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BitTorrent Bundle

BitTorrent, a tech company whose name is commonly and incorrectly associated with pirating, has been running a legitimate business since 2004 with over 2 million pieces of licensed content in the BitTorrent download manager, which serves more than 170 million people monthly. The company is now beginning to launch a new endeavor to empower those in the content creation business. BitTorrent Bundle provide a way for creators large and small to have all the advantages of the peer-to-peer protocol while also maintaining control over their content by creating ‘gates’ that must be unlocked by the consumer. We had a chance to chat with Matt Mason, VP of Marketing at BitTorrent, who is very impassioned about what this new publishing platform could potentially mean for creators. Read on for the interview and get the full scoop: More »

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Internet video streaming as we know it is about to change. Delivering video online is a terribly inefficient process, and Bram Cohen, the creator of the BitTorrent protocol, has figured out a way to do it better. While BitTorrent often gets a bad rap thanks to its links to piracy, it’s still one of the least bandwidth intensive ways to share files with other people. Now the company is introducing what they are calling BitTorrent Live, which works in a similar way to the original BitTorrent protocol, but is instead focused on delivering streaming video. By using the bandwidth of the users, BitTorrent is able to take the load off of the original broadcaster, making it efficient for anyone to host a streaming video. More »

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What if you needed to share hundreds of Gigabytes (or even Terabytes) with a partner to finish a project, but you’ve reached the limits on the sharing service you already use? Well, that’s where SoShare comes in. The new service is utilizing the power of BitTorrent to share an unlimited amount of data with as many users as you want — up to 1 Terabyte per transfer — and the best part of all: it’s 100% completely free. Sound too good to be true? Read on for more about the service. More »

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We recently mentioned the documentary TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay — Away From Keyboard as part of VHX’s drive to make strong independent work available direct-to-audience. TPB AFK is a documentary that follows three Pirate Bay co-founders as they face prosecution for aiding piracy on a massive scale (or, in other words, founding The Pirate Bay). Released for free on BitTorrent as well as on YouTube, the film raises powerful questions about piracy, intellectual property law, and an ungoverned internet, and gives us a glimpse into the lives of a few individuals who created a web portal that is still going strong even today. Given that law is so much slower to change than the internet, is the problem with the pirates, or with anti-piracy laws that may need some updating? Watch the entire 82 minute film below. More »

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The best live show I’ve ever seen was Radiohead performing at All Points West just outside NYC here in 2008 (though this recent Flaming Lips show was pretty incredible too). Radiohead’s 25-song, two-encore set sounded amazing, the weather was great, and, well… it was Radiohead. I bring this up because the band, who famously self-released In Rainbows with a “pay what you want” model to great success, has just lent their music to a crowdsourced Czech concert film made up of 50 different amateur camera angles. Radiohead has much greater ownership of their music than most bands (they left their former label EMI because they wanted rights to the master recordings), and with ownership comes the ability to do something like this — just because they want to. In fact, this fan-filmed show — which has the same backdrop and a similar setlist to the show I witnessed — is their first concert film since 1995. And not only is it free, but the highest quality version is available not through iTunes or Amazon, but BitTorrent. More »