BitTorrent Inks Deals with MTV, G4, Others


Peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent announced agreements Wednesday with MTV Networks, Comcast's G4 and six other film and TV companies to provide content through the BitTorrent site.

The other companies were 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Palm Pictures, Kadokawa Pictures USA and Starz Media. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

While BitTorrent has been known to harbor illegally copied digital content, the company said it "continues to work with the Motion Picture Association of America" to remove copyright-infringing content from its service, pointing to the newly announced deals as evidence of its good faith in dealing with copyright issues.

BitTorrent also said content available through its online retail marketplace, to launch in February, will be both paid and ad-supported.

The company said TV programming will include G4's Attack of the Show; Fox's 24 and Prison Break; and MTVN's Laguna Beach, Celebrity Deathmatch, SouthPark, Chappelle's Show and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Movies to be available will include X-Men: The Last Stand, Ringu, Saw III, Mission Impossible IIIand Ghost in the Shell.

Earlier this year, San Francisco-based BitTorrent announced agreements to license content from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and four independent studios.