First BitTorrent certified HDTV unveiled. But will you ever be able to buy one?

Summary:Here's a prototype that torrent freaks will be excited about, until they realize they'll be hard-pressed to get their hands on one (especially in the U.S.

Here's a prototype that torrent freaks will be excited about, until they realize they'll be hard-pressed to get their hands on one (especially in the U.S.). Manufacturer Vestel has unveiled the first TV that's been BitTorrent certified during the IFA trade show in Berlin this week.

The set makes use of BitTorrent's Chrysalis platform, which uses an app that simplifies the process of downloading and converting torrents to view. As the BitTorrent process tends to be a bit more labyrinthine than those of some other notable file-sharing apps from the past, the more Chrysalis can make downloading files a no-brainer, the bigger the appeal.

Not surprisingly, there's no information about any kind of release dates or distribution model for the TV (or even basic specs like screen sizes, etc.). Vestel is obviously not a household name, and past BitTorrent-based networking products from the likes of Netgear haven't been runaway successes. Major retailers might not want to stock a BitTorrent TV for fear of offending their digital content partners, so this might be a niche product that you'd have to track down online. Or it could wind up being vaporware altogether.

Would you buy a BitTorrent TV? Let us know in the Comments section.

[Source and image: TorrentFreak]

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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