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BitTorrent's Original TV Show, Children of the Machine, Will be Free and Ad-Funded

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's managed to get artists like Thom Yorke and De La Soul to shift their records through its "Bundles" program, and now BitTorrent is turning its attention to TV shows too. Looking to take on Amazon and Netflix in the original content stakes, BitTorrent has announced that its first original TV series, Children of the Machine, will debut on its services in Autumn 2015.

However, unlike Netflix or Amazon's TV shows, viewers will be able to view the eight-episode series without paying a penny if they want. Children of the Machine will be available as an ad-funded download, or alternatively as a paid-for $4.95 (£3.15) ad free version, or a $9.95 (£6.30) edition with bonus special edition content. It's a similar method to how Thom Yorke offered up his album, with a "paygate" in place to encourage listeners to pay for it in order gain access to it in its entirety.

“This is a science fiction show catered to the typical tech-savvy, male-dominated audience,” producer Marco Weber told AdWeek.

“We’re not trying to launch a romantic comedy, so the concept of this show moved us toward BitTorrent.” [Adweek]