BitTorrent’s Plans to Distribute Film Series Look Game-Changing
This article originally appeared in The Daily Dot
By Joey Keeton
It’s always suspicious when you see Blu-rays packaged together, or even worse, multiple films stuffed onto a single disc. It’s usually a store or film distributor saying, “We can’t get rid of these by themselves, but maybe we can trick people with sheer quantity.” So far, it’s been a practice that’s remained offline—when you buy films digitally on Amazon, you do it one at a time—but BitTorrent Bundle and and FilmBuff are teaming up to change that with an assortment of documentaries packaged via paygate torrent files. From a post on BitTorrent Blog:
FilmBuff is dedicated to distributing the world’s best independent films and documentaries, bridging the gap between passionate creators and fans; ensuring that original voices find audiences. FilmBuff’s Bundle collection puts a lens on filmmaking’s most compelling storytellers, from punk documentarians to Internet activists. Each series Bundle is available for $15 (US only) and contains four documentaries highlighting a specific issue, from gaming and songcraft to digital rights and the American experience. Discover new films, and support creators directly.
While the practice may have dubious results in the physical realm—where you often get either bad films on multiple discs, or multiple decent films with poor transfers on a single disc—the concept of a downloadable film series makes a lot of sense. One of the upsides to digital distribution is the huge amount of opportunities it offers for filmmakers to be heard, but that can also make it easy for good work to get lost in the shuffle and go unnoticed.
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