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PBS PARTNERS WITH BITTORRENT TO REACH AUDIENCES ONLINE
Selected PBS Primetime, Kids and Local Station Content Available
On the BitTorrent Entertainment Network
San Francisco and Arlington, VA – (Nov. 7, 2007) -- BitTorrent and PBS today announced the availability of PBS programming via the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, BitTorrent’s content distribution platform. PBS is making its content available for purchase and download to the millions of BitTorrent users. PBS titles now available include prime-time programs such as HISTORY DETECTIVES, NOVA, and SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS; PBS KIDS programs such as CAILLOU and TELETUBBIES; as well as programming from selected local PBS stations.
“PBS is committed to making content available wherever consumers are accessing media,” said Andrew Russell, Senior Vice President, PBS Ventures. “We are thrilled to be working with BitTorrent and its unique distribution platform to expand the reach of public television’s content, including programming from some of our local PBS stations.”
“BitTorrent has enabled more licensed video for downloads and streams than any other company in the world,” said Ashwin Navin, President and Co-founder of BitTorrent, Inc. “We are proud to partner with PBS to make its award-winning national and local station programming available with our distribution platform.”
PBS joins an established roster of leading content partners, including 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, MGM, Paramount and Warner Bros, who utilize BitTorrent’s entertainment platform to provide feature-length films, TV shows and music videos direct to consumers. Not only does BitTorrent’s entertainment platform provide fast, on-demand access to the most comprehensive licensed catalog of thousands of movies, TV shows, music and games, it also provides content creators a publishing platform to list their works in high-quality alongside the most recognizable titles from major movie studios, TV networks, and record labels.
PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television stations and reaches more than 75 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS’ premier kids’ TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (www.pbskids.org), continue to be parents’ and teachers’ most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.
BitTorrent is the global standard for delivering high-quality files over the Internet. Millions of users worldwide are using BitTorrent’s leading peer-assisted content delivery platform to publish, discover and download digital entertainment content quickly, easily and securely. Founded in 2004, BitTorrent is a privately held company backed by venture capital firms, Accel and DCM (formerly known as Doll Capital Management). The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.bittorrent.com.
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