Now this is cool news. The folks that make the BitTorrent client called Azureus have inked a deal with the BBC to distribute various shows via their new Zudeo file sharing service. That’s right, soon you’ll be able to legally download several different BBC shows:
Azureus, the BitTorrent client software developer, has announced its first content distribution partnership. BBC television shows and original productions will be distributed to users of Azureus’ new Zudeo file-sharing service in the United States.
This is the first ever content distribution partnership for the BBC. When Azureus debuted Zudeo earlier this month, the company promised that several mainstream content distribution partnerships would be announced over the coming weeks. Well, those weeks have come, and this is the first partnership that Azureus has announced. The company says that more partnerships will be announced shortly.
Azureus mentions these BBC titles in its press release: Red Dwarf, Strange, Invasion Earth, Little Britain, Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers (starring John Cleese of Monty Python), Coupling, Keeping Up Appearances, League of Gentlemen and Ideal. No word on the full line-up just yet.
Also no word on if this will cost you anything. At the moment checking out the Zudeo site there doesn’t appear to be a cost associated with any of the downloads they have available already, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a cost associated with the BBC programs. Still if the cost is low enough, or even free, then this could be a great thing for fans of British television such as myself.