On-demand movie downloads available via P2P Distribution
I believe that peer-to-peer is the future of content distribution over Web. In a progressive step, NBC Universal has agreed to make few movies available for on-demand downloading via peer-to-peer distribution early next year. The P2P technology partner is Wurld Media.
The business model built around P2P might be in a nascent stage as of now. But, with the proliferating bandwidths and aging traditional business models, it is poised to evolve.
From a news item at Reuters, the proposed revenue model goes like this-
Peer Impact users will be able to view the films for a 24-hour period once they hit the “play” button on their computers. The file will remain on a user’s computer for 30 days in an effort to hasten the download speeds of other Peer Impact users who purchase the same titles, because P2P gains speed and efficiency with each additional copy of content on the network.
Consumers log on to the secure network, where they can preview clips of all available content. Payment is due upon checkout…