BitTorrent launches live streaming app for iOS and Apple TV

Last Updated: 10 May, 2016
OTT News

OnAir Live Developers has launched an app, OTT News, in partnership with BitTorrent for iOS and Apple TV that implements BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer technology. This is said to be the first app Apple TV and iOS to use BitTorrent technology to live stream coverage of the New Hampshire primaries and more.

The app utilizes BitTorrent Live, a peer-to-peer video streaming technology that broadcasts live footage from the primaries each afternoon. This technology helps mitigate latency and CDN issues broadcasters usually face when live-streaming.

BitTorrent quotes that BitTorrent Live has been under real tests with a number of broadcast partners and OTT News is the latest and first of its kind to use Live.

“On The Trail — Over The Top News brings you live video from the 2016 campaign trail. We will be broadcasting live from the New Hampshire Primary, key primaries throughout the season, the political conventions, election night in November, and the inauguration next January,” the app description reads.

“OTT News (On The Trail and Over The Top) has been on the scene with live video from the 2016 campaign trail,” the company wrote in a blog post. “But that’s not all that’s unique about this election year “pop-up” show. OTT News has been broadcasting live to viewers each afternoon of the Primary using BitTorrent Live’s first mobile app.”

BitTorrent in a blog post explains that developers should sign up to receive more information about how to gain access to the BitTorrent Live platform. The OTT News is available on App Store and is compatible with iPhones, iPads and Apple TV.

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