|By Business Wire||
|February 11, 2011 01:00 PM EST||
BitTorrent Inc., a leading innovator creating advanced technologies to efficiently move large files across the Internet, today released a new video catalogue app developed in partnership with the Khan Academy, offering over 2,000 award-winning educational videos to the BitTorrent community.
“BitTorrent is a great platform to help us fulfill our mission of providing world-class education to anyone, anywhere,” said Salman Khan, founder and executive director at the Khan Academy. “BitTorrent offers a unique opportunity to video creators and publishers. Their technology allows users to download large video files quickly, plus it requires no costly hosting or infrastructure on our end - an important factor for a non-profit.”
Continued Khan, “Just as importantly, BitTorrent reaches a massive community of enthusiasts, including many in far corners of the world where Khan Academy is able to offer global expertise directly to local students.”
“We’re honored to support the Khan Academy’s vision of bringing knowledge and education to the world,” said Shahi Ghanem, chief strategist at BitTorrent. “The Khan Academy App is a perfect example of why we created our App Studio platform: to help content creators connect with our global user base. In this instance we also enjoy the benefit of empowering a partner to provide tens of millions of people with free access to world-class educational content. This is a truly worthy cause. We look forward to continuing our work with the Khan Academy and other socially conscious content creators as we foster new content distribution models.”
The Khan Academy app is now available in BitTorrent’s App Studio, located in the BitTorrent Mainline and µTorrent software clients. Users may directly access and share free downloads of any of the Khan Academy video lessons. Topics cover a wide variety of important educational content, from mathematics to biology, economics to history and much more. BitTorrent encourages users to make financial contributions to support the Khan Academy either via the Web site or directly through the app interface.
BitTorrent first launched the App Studio last August. Other notable catalogue apps include TEDTalks, ClearBits, VODO, ZuluMusic and more, all offering artist-endorsed content to the BitTorrent ecosystem. BitTorrent has also spotlighted a number of musician and filmmaker-endorsed releases over the past six months, including The Yes Men Fix the World, Four Eyed Monsters, PAZ, Beyond the Game, and Pioneer One.
BitTorrent creates advanced, innovative technologies to efficiently move large files across the Internet. The company's two main products today include the original BitTorrent software and the tiny-but-mighty µTorrent, which combined boast over 100+ million users. BitTorrent is based in San Francisco, Calif. More information is available at www.bittorrent.com.