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Testing the New BitTorrent…But It’s Not Working for Me Yet

February 27, 2007 3:11 PM

BitTorrent opened its new online video store yesterday with film with TV content from 20th Century Fox, G4, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures and others.

On first blush, the page layout looks great. It’s sharp, crisp and easy to navigate. There’s even a big promo for “Superman Returns” that says “Now Playing” above it. So I give BitTorrent points for promoting its content smartly.

Next, I click on “Movies and TV Shows,” but the organization starts to feel a bit haphazard. There are tabs for “New Movies and TV Shows,” “User Submissions” and “Editor’s Picks.” But still, I think I want something clearer, like either an alphabetical list, or a list of movies by category. I notice on the left hand side that you can indeed select by categories, such as classics, horror or indie. Unfortunately, there is no option for “romance,” so I am deducting points from BitTorrent.

I choose the “TV Shows” category and select Nickelodeon from the list of networks.
I spot tons of “SpongeBob SquarePants” episodes. I’m all for variety, but I have to click through page after page to see them all. I kind of miss iTunes, where you get a nice list on one screen with every episode. I am an unabashed iTunes apologist.

So I sign up for an account and download the software. After the download is complete, a BitTorrent window pops up with the name “Spiderman 2” in it. OK, I confess. A couple months ago when researching peer-to-peer technology for a story, I downloaded a different BitTorrent software and “Spiderman 2.” But I didn’t watch it. I swear!

However, I don’t see a way to buy a TV show or movie in this window.

I will return tomorrow, try again and report back!

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