BitTorrent releases SDK for set-top-boxes and other devices

bitTorrent logoBitTorrent, the company behind the popular peer-to-peer file sharing technology, has announced the availability of its Software Development Kit (SDK) for consumer electronics devices.

Similar to way the Skype officially sanctions its software for use in hardware such as headsets and WiFi enabled phones or DivX does for its video codec used by media players, BitTorrent will sell its SDK to company’s building set-top boxes, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices, and digital media adapters. In return for signing up, BitTorrent will provide a limited amount of technical support, as well as offer the chance for licensee’s products to become officially BitTorrent certified — a guarantee to consumers that they’ll be fully compatible with the BitTorrent protocol as well as be able to connect to and download files from BitTorrent’s Entertainment Network, which offers movies, music, TV shows, and games.

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