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Azureus is now officially Vuze

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 17th 2008 8:06AM
Vuze 3.1
Azureus has officially put all of its eggs into a basket called Vuze. The company has dropped its standalone BitTorrent client as instead focusing on Vuze, which is a combination Bittorrent search engine and desktop video player. Azureus has also officially changed its name to Vuze and yesterday released Vuze 3.1, an updated client with a handful of new features, including:
  • Create user profiles and add friends
  • Recommend torrents you think your friends might want to download
  • Search BitTorrent trackers besides Vuze, including MiniNova, SumoTorrent, and others
You can also add your own BitTorrent trackers to the search menu. The addition of third party trackers is an interesting approach. On the one hand, Vuze becomes much more useful as a BitTorrent client if you can download torrents from a variety of sites. But if Vuze is trying to sell 100% legal downloads of TV shows and movies, the company is kind of undermining its own mission by letting you download those same movies and TV shows for free from other BitTorrent sites.

[via NewTeeVee]

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Zudeo BitTorrent client becomes Vuze, adds Showtime content

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 6th 2007 10:22AM
Vuze
Azureus has renamed its Zudeo BitTorrent client Vuze. Along with the name change comes a few new features like an improved search engine and a new navigation system. And more importantly, there's new high definition content from networks including Showtime and the BBC. Limited content was already available form A&E Networks, G4 TV, National Geographic, and Starz Media.

While most users probably think of BitTorrent clients as software for downloading TV shows and movies illegally, Vuze is all about partnering with networks and independent video producers to sell content.

And while there's not much premium content available right now, Azureus has snagged the right to distribute some interesting programming, including Showtime's Weeds, Dexter, and The L Word. Vuze will also distribute the BBC series Sorted, which is otherwise unavailable in the United States. This should come as good news to anyone hoping that other BBC content such as Life on Mars, or the original version of The IT Crowd might one day be distributed via Vuze or BBC's own online video service.

[via Ars Technica]

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