Wednesday, January 11th 2012

uTorrent Use Surges To 150M Per Month, Announce New Consumer Electronics Partnerships

BitTorrent, a leading peer-based technology company, today announced that the company's flagship BitTorrent Mainline and µTorrent software clients have grown to over 150 million monthly active users worldwide.

In December 2011, the classic BitTorrent Mainline client boasted over 20 million users, while the legendary tiny-but-mighty µTorrent client grew to over 132 million users. The numbers represent an aggregate count of both software clients running on Windows, Mac, Android and Linux platforms.

The company also announced four new strategic "BitTorrent Certified" device partnerships at CES in Las Vegas including TVs, set-top boxes, media adapters, and Blu-ray players. BitTorrent Certified devices are designed to enable consumers to discover, play, share and move all types of personal media, regardless of size, type or format, so that they can play high-quality content in their living rooms. New certification partners include:

  • BBK: Developing BitTorrent Certified devices for the Russian market, including TVs, Blu-ray/DVD players and media adapters. Press release

  • Dune HD: Designing, developing and marketing BitTorrent Certified Dune HD media players in Europe and Asia. Press release

  • AirTies: Certifying network-attached storage devices (NAS), set-top boxes, and popular home router lines for sale in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey; will also provide existing customers with an easy software upgrade for devices already in the field. Press release

  • Antik: A Slovakia-based manufacturer of IPTV devices that has launched the first BitTorrent Certified set-top box. The Juice product line is able to download, share and play torrent files directly on the TV. Press release

  • "This marks an amazing milestone for our company and we want to thank our loyal users and partners for their support. Our protocol and software clients have become some of the most pervasive pieces of technology in Internet history," said Eric Klinker, CEO of BitTorrent. "We look forward to another exciting year of growth and we continue expanding our product lines to meet the needs of consumers creating and consuming high-quality personal media files on a broad range of consumer electronics devices."
The company is showcasing BitTorrent Certified devices at CES starting tomorrow in a private suite at the Las Vegas Hilton. People wishing to view the demo may email rsvp@bittorrent.com.
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14 Comments on uTorrent Use Surges To 150M Per Month, Announce New Consumer Electronics Partnerships

#2
Mussels
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bittorrent on TV's and such too? dear god, the network issues are a nightmare already with torrents choking net connections and crashing routers, let alone 'dumb' devices doing it all on their own.
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#3
treehouse
by: Mussels
bittorrent on TV's and such too? dear god, the network issues are a nightmare already with torrents choking net connections and crashing routers, let alone 'dumb' devices doing it all on their own.
exactly my thoughts
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#4
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
It's developments like this that make me so glad that Big Media weren't able to shut something revolutionary like this down over 'piracy'.
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#5
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Oh Qubit. You're such a thinly-veiled subversive pirate anarchist at heart. :D
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#6
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Mussels
bittorrent on TV's and such too? dear god, the network issues are a nightmare already with torrents choking net connections and crashing routers, let alone 'dumb' devices doing it all on their own.
Forget Bittorrent, at least that can usually be configured to not choke your connection, netflix on every damn device possible is what is the problem I see most often. Your roommate starts up a netflix movie on his Wii and the crappy DSL connection dies for everyone else in the house...

With 1.5Mbps DSL still being the most popular "high speed" internet connection in my area, all these web connected devices with streaming services just isn't an possible.
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#7
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: newtekie1
Forget Bittorrent, at least that can usually be configured to not choke your connection, netflix on every damn device possible is what is the problem I see most often. Your roommate starts up a netflix movie on his Wii and the crappy DSL connection dies for everyone else in the house...

With 1.5Mbps DSL still being the most popular "high speed" internet connection in my area, all these web connected devices with streaming services just isn't an possible.
Yep, Netflix is so popular now, people who have roomates and everyone has Netflix running, just crushes bandwidth. I don't have that problem since I got decent intrnet and no Netflix, but a group of friends (4 of them) live together and 2 have Netflix, when they had 7mb DSL if one was watching anything MMOs were a bit laggy and shooters were annoying, if 2 were watching almost anything was unplayable. And some would leave Netflix open and go to bed, just sounded like a hassle to me.
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Wrigleyvillain
Oh Qubit. You're such a thinly-veiled subversive pirate anarchist at heart. :D
Shhh!! Don't let the secret out!!!

Oh. :eek: :laugh:
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#9
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: 1Kurgan1
Yep, Netflix is so popular now, people who have roomates and everyone has Netflix running, just crushes bandwidth. I don't have that problem since I got decent intrnet and no Netflix, but a group of friends (4 of them) live together and 2 have Netflix, when they had 7mb DSL if one was watching anything MMOs were a bit laggy and shooters were annoying, if 2 were watching almost anything was unplayable. And some would leave Netflix open and go to bed, just sounded like a hassle to me.
Yeah, I don't have that problem either, but I hear it all the time. And in a lot of areas around me 1.5Mbps is the fastest connection you can get...
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: newtekie1
Forget Bittorrent, at least that can usually be configured to not choke your connection, netflix on every damn device possible is what is the problem I see most often. Your roommate starts up a netflix movie on his Wii and the crappy DSL connection dies for everyone else in the house...

With 1.5Mbps DSL still being the most popular "high speed" internet connection in my area, all these web connected devices with streaming services just isn't an possible.
Not to mention that off-peak doesnt exist anymore with every ass hole in the city opening it at the same time. after work. I like netflix and i use it as well as hulu its cheaper than cable but for programs like this making prime time all the time infrastructure changes need to be made.

However I dont agree that netflix and these various programs are absolutely horrible. a well configured router can take care of most stutter and lag.
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#12
Hokum
Qos on routers would fix that. Just setup the prioritises...
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#13
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: Hokum
Qos on routers would fix that. Just setup the prioritises...
exactly. set up a rate limit and tell your bro to hit pause and buffer the shit out of it.
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No American partner. What a surprise.
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