Days before the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) began in Las Vegas, Nevada, BitTorrent announced a simple and free personal sharing service for sending large files across the Net. During the show, the BitTorrent team demonstrated the ease of the service currently known as Share.
For companies that regularly need to exchange large video files, Share could be a big help. The Share client is a free download for Windows users, and it’s built into the latest version of the company’s µTorrent client for Macs.
While it looks like a finished product, Share is still in alpha. Users can upload files of any size and share them with individuals or groups. The application includes social networking features, so that people can comment on files being shared. That’s especially useful for workgroups exchanging files.
BitTorrent is also forging ahead with plans to invade the living room. It’s been working for a while now to create BT-certified televisions and Blu-ray players with hardware partners. While devices are starting to appear, they’re so far in foreign markets.
According to Shahi Ghanem, BitTorrent’s chief strategist, BT-enabled hardware will become a lot more real for North American users when partnerships are announced by the middle of this year. We’ll begin seeing compatible TVs or other devices in the second half of the year, he says.
Once consumers have BitTorrent-enabled TVs, they’ll be able to easily stream content from the BitTorrent libraries on their computers to their home entertainment systems.
During CES, BitTorrent announced that it now counts 150 million active monthly users worldwide for its BitTorrent Mainline and µTorrent clients.