Chairing a recent industry conference, I was amazed to discover that only half the audience, comprising telecommunications executives and infrastructure vendors, had heard of, let alone used, BitTorrent, although it probably consumes a good proportion of their broadband bandwidth. Regular readers of informitv will know that peer-to-peer protocols such as BitTorrent, and similar systems from companies like Kontiki and Veoh Networks, enable low cost, almost friction-free distribution of video files over the public internet. As telcos invest billions in next-generation networks, it seems that major studios are now looking for a free ride using these new forms of distribution, while still expecting consumers to pay for the privilege.