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BitTorrent, the home of the Internet's leading peer-to-peer application, revealed new content deals with major film and television studios Wednesday.
Partnerships with 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Starz Media, Palm Pictures, G4 and Kadokawa Pictures USA will result in numerous movies and TV shows added to the library of digital content available through BitTorrent.com.
"This is a true testament to the value of our community, technology and the position we aspire to play in the world of entertainment and content distribution," BitTorrent president and co-founder Ashwin Navin said.
Wednesday's announced partnerships are in addition to BitTorrent's pacts with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Egami Media, Hart Sharp, Koch Entertainment and the Orchard and come after the company said it is pushing back the launch date of its online video store to February.
Through these collaborations, BitTorrent customers will have access to such titles as 20th Century Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand and Lionsgate's Saw III and such television content as Fox's "24" and Prison Break and South Park and Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show.
Designed in 2001 as an open source protocol, BitTorrent enables millions of users worldwide to securely download digital content through its Web site and licensed technology solutions. »
American funnyman Dave Chappelle has cited racial prejudice for his abrupt walk-out from hit comedy series Chappelle's Show last year. The stand-up comedian made headlines in May 2005 when he quit the show on US network Comedy Central during the third season, leaving behind a $50 million contract. He was eventually tracked down in South Africa where he said he had gone to "purify himself," and "do some soul searching" because he was unhappy with the direction in which the show was going. Chappelle tells Esquire magazine, "The bottom line was, white people Own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that's familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize? I felt like I was really pressured to settle for something that I didn't necessarily feel like I wanted. The thing about show business is that, in a way, it forces dysfunctional relationships in people." »
South Park and Chappelle's Show are ready to make their cell-phone debut. Comedy Central has signed a deal with Amp'd Mobile to make both programs available beginning later this month. Content including ringtones, ringbacks, voicemail, wallpapers, video and games will be accessible through major carriers. Among the programming included in the deal is a sneak-peek clip of Chappelle's Show footage that will be rolled out as part of its final season. »
3 items from 2006
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