BitTorrent now offers 4K downloads
Stephan Jukic – March 25, 2015
Joining the ranks of scattered other online 4K content providers, BitTorrent now provides its subscribers with Access to ultra HD video downloads.
Clients of BitTorrent’s “Bundle” service can now go ahead and access 4K UHD programming that has been supplied to the provider by movie studio Mance Media.
Of course, the selection on offer is still quite small but it is at least a start. So far, the four shows being offered include “The Toy Soldiers”, “Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures”, and “Circles of Life: Iceland”. However, at least all four shows were actually shot in native 4K resolution so they should scale perfectly with the ultra HD PC and TV screens that get used to view them.
The 90 minute programs have been compressed down dramatically from their native raw file sizes of roughly 300 GB to a much more manageable 3GB and the entertainment sound that accompanies them is being offered in 5.1 Surround Sound.
Each of these four initial shows are being made available worldwide to “Bundle” subscribers for a cost of just $5 to $6 per rental and can be watched by any 4K TV or PC monitor/PC with VLC Media player installed on it.
BitTorrent’s own Bundle has also already been used to release other programming at less but still above-Full HD resolutions. A notable recent example was Madonna’s secret project revolution, which was downloaded just under 2 million times by fans at a 2K resolution of 2048 × 1556.
With this new 4K bonus service, BitTorrent is not only creating potential competition for the likes of other 4K video and movie providers like Netflix, UltraFlix and Amazon Prime, it’s also starting off on a very good footing by making its UHD shows as widely and easily available as possible in a way that increases consumer convenience.
Unlike BitTorrent, both Amazon and Netflix limit the scope of their service in several ways: Both only allow their ultra HD programming to be played on 4K TVs that fit a specific set of connectivity conditions that include having HEVC decoding and HDCP 2.2 content protection and Amazon also imposes stricter geographical limitations by currently only allowing streaming of its content in the United States, unlike BitTorrent’s worldwide reach or Netflix’s of some 37 countries.
The only thing missing now is a wider selection of content. If BitTorrent can achieve this, it could really ramp up the quality of its own 4K service.
Story by 4k.com