BitTorrent Previews Personal Content Channels in First Chrysalis Beta

New user interface, social interactivity, sending and BitTorrent’s high-speed download technology combine to help people find, play and move content over the Internet

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., (May 12, 2011); BitTorrent, Inc., a leading innovator creating advanced technologies to efficiently move large files across the Internet, today released the first beta version of the company’s upcoming Project Chrysalis software. Designed as a metamorphosis of features and style, the beta reveals a new feature previously unseen in any other BitTorrent client: personal content channels.

Channels empower people to send massive files such as smartphone or DV videos, high-resolution family photos and other personal content libraries to friends, family and other groups. Built-in social features encourage interaction among channel members, creating a mini social network centered on a similar interest or event. Beyond the powerful send capability based on the BitTorrent protocol, channels encourage social interaction through real-time commenting.

“Until recently, most of your personal files were small enough to email or post to social networks. Now, it’s really easy to shoot HD video with your smartphone or snap high-res photos from a digital SLR. What happens to these giant files? They sit orphaned on your computer, or over-edited to make them small enough to share,” said Eric Klinker, chief executive officer at BitTorrent. “BitTorrent removes the size barrier and makes it simple for you to openly share your creations.”

“BitTorrent’s distributed technology was built to accelerate the transfer of large files,” said protocol inventor and BitTorrent Chief Scientist Bram Cohen. “Personal content channels are an ideal use case given the asymmetric nature of bandwidth and the costs of file hosting. The more friends you add to a channel, the faster your files will download. This is an emerging market and we’re excited to see the technology solve modern Internet challenges.”

How do personal content channels work?
Personal content channels allow people to privately send large files over the Internet to selected friends and groups of recipients. Commenting features directly in the channel encourage social interactivity.

To get started, a user selects a file and BitTorrent automatically creates a channel. Invitations may be sent directly from inside the channel via email, Facebook or Twitter. Once an invitee has accepted the invitation and joined the channel, they are able to download and comment on any posted files. Channel creators may also upload multiple files to the channel and create a theme. For example, a “soccer parent” might create a team channel and add new videos throughout the soccer season. The number of channels a person may create is virtually unlimited, enabling users to send files selectively.

During beta trials, BitTorrent’s personal content channels feature has no file size limits and is free. The beta software is available here. Screenshots may be found on the BitTorrent blog and FAQ is available here. The beta is English only, and is compatible with Microsoft Windows running Internet Explorer 8.

Additional Project Chrysalis software features include:

  • Advanced torrent management capabilities
  • A dramatically redesigned and simplified user interface
  • An App Studio featuring artist-endorsed spotlight films and music

The Project Chrysalis beta is the first generation of a new BitTorrent software client, intended to eventually replace the BitTorrent Mainline product. Project Chrysalis is a key step toward fulfilling BitTorrent’s vision of an ecosystem of software, devices and content, orchestrated to simplify the digital lifestyle and enable people to find, play and move content over the Internet. In addition to the core features in the beta, future versions of the software will enable people to view any files downloaded over the Internet on any device, including TVs, mobile devices and more.

BitTorrent also offers the popular µTorrent software. Today, the company serves over 100 million active users every month.

About BitTorrent
BitTorrent creates advanced, innovative technologies to efficiently move large files across the Internet. The company’s two main products today include the original BitTorrent software and the tiny-but-mighty µTorrent, which combined boast over 100+ million users. BitTorrent is based in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, visit www.bittorrent.com, and follow on Twitter @bittorrent, or Facebook.