BitTorrent isn’t too impressed with Netflix, after the streaming TV/films service used falling BitTorrent traffic as evidence that it cannibalises piracy. “When we launch in a territory the Bittorrent traffic drops as the Netflix traffic grows,” its chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Stuff last week. “The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally but by giving good options. One of the side effects of growth of content is an expectation to have access to it. You can’t use the internet as a marketing vehicle and then not as a delivery vehicle.” Which may sound fair enough, but BitTorrent has issued a correction: “The first issue is the application of BitTorrent as a synonym for Internet piracy. The second is the assertion that BitTorrent traffic drops as Netflix is introduced to new markets. Neither statement is true.” The first goes back to the familiar argument about BitTorrent being a technology for moving data – piracy being just one use for that which gets the most attention. In the second case, BitTorrent notes that its own technology – something called μTP – reduces its traffic in peak hours to ensure apps like Netflix get priority.

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