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Last100: The Making of Network Torrent

Our network blog Last100 has an interesting story about the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s recent experiment with offering a legal torrent download of one of its original primetime television shows — a first for a major North American broadcast network. The post was written by Guinevere Orvis, who is a Web Producer in Toronto, Canada and is currently working with CBC. It’s an interesting read about how a legal torrent is made at major broadcasting network from idea to deployment.

Last week, CBC released an official DRM-free BitTorrent of a prime time show — a first for a major north American broadcaster (see last100 coverage). Since then we’ve been getting hundreds of emails of support and one clear resounding message: give us more. This begs the question, why aren’t broadcasters doing more? Why in the year 2008, seven years after BitTorrent’s birth and a lifetime in Internet years is this a groundbreaking thing? Let’s break down what it takes to get a legal torrent going and maybe we’ll get some answers.

The post is worth a read, and be sure to subscribe to the Last100 RSS feed to keep up to date on all the latest digital lifestyle news and commentary.

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