BitTorrent debuts download depot

Shaking off the shady reputation of dubious legality, BitTorrent has ditched its dodgy mates and launched the totally kosher, BitTorrent Entertainment

Shaking off the shady reputation of dubious legality, BitTorrent has ditched its dodgy mates and launched the totally kosher, BitTorrent Entertainment Network, offering legal downloads of movies, music and TV shows. The download dynamos have slipped into bed with Warner Bros, MTV, MGM, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Paramount, so it won’t just be stacks of free rubbish – look out for Superman Returns and 24 among loads of other cool stuff. Download a film and you’ll set off a 30-day countdown, at the end of which the flick will self-destruct, Mission: Impossible style. TV shows, however, can be kept forever. Those of you with an anti-Gates disposition, though, will be sad to learn they’ll only play in Windows Media Player.New movies will cost around US$3.99 (£2), with older films slightly lighter on your pocket at US$2.99 (£1.50). TV shows will cost US$1.99 (99p) with high-def versions setting you back about 50p more. Don’t be surprised if we get hit with the usual price hikes when official UK prices are announced, though.Go on, step away from that life of crime. That pirate hat never suited you anyway.

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