The European P2P Next consortium will unveil a set-top box prototype that allows P2P streaming at the IBC conference in Amsterdam tomorrow. The device goes by the name of NextshareTV and has been developed at the Pioneer Digital Design Centre in London. NextshareTV makes use of some of the open-source P2P streaming technology of the Swarm Player, which was introduced by the P2P Next project just two months ago.

The idea of bringing P2P to set top boxes isnít entirely new. Vudu is using progressive P2P downloads to deliver content to its boxes, and the Chinese P2P operator Vatata recently announced that its distributed streaming video service will be available on set-top boxes as well. NextshareTV one-ups these platforms by offering social elements, allowing its users tag and share content. Continue reading on

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