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Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) makes popular series available DRM-free via BitTorrent

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Lars Monsen

As one of many ways to reach people with our content we have decided to do an experiment and make one of our most popular television series available through BitTorrent.This technology makes it possible for us to make our content available in a very high quality without having to invest in large server farms and expensive bandwidth.

The very popular series called «Nordkalotten 365» has been aired on traditional TV in Norway. Over 900 000 of Norway’s 4,6 million watched the show in average, and the marketshare was close to 50%! «Nordkalotten 365» is now made available for download. In this series the experienced hiker Lars Monsen has traveled alone through the north of Scandinavia for one year. The first episode is already published and the next episodes will be made available as they are encoded.

The files are MPEG4 H.264, 1024×576 25fps, 3 Mbit/s. No DRM.

So far the experiment has been a huge success. After one day roughly 8000 people have downloaded the torrent file. Because of the limited statistics reporting from the Amazon S3 tracker we are using we don’t have exact numbers from the tracker itself. Taking into account that Norway is a small country with only 4,5 million people this number is above expectations. The file has been out there for one day, and at this point only the first episode of the series is available. The bittorrent technology seems to work especially well for completely legal and high quality downloads. People happily seed the file and the download speeds achieved are reported to several megabits/s. The whole 600 MB file downloading in minutes or even seconds for the people with fast connections.

Miro Screenshot Monsen

The files can be downloaded with the use of any bittorrent client, but the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation are promoting the free and open source Miro player as the most user friendly and easy way to get hold of the television series.

The reactions from the audience have been extremely positive. More than a hundred comments on the article announcing the experiment (Norwegian) express solid gratitude and people that are impressed by the move.

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation will keep on with experiments like these and try to make more content available through this technology in addition to the more traditional channels of streaming, podcasts and DVD sales.

Direct link to the RSS-feed with the torrents: nordkalotten365.rss

Links to the torrens:

NB! New version of episode 1. With better quality and hopefully with no errors in the file.
Episode 1: Nordkalotten365.E01.1024×576.H264.NRK.mp4.torrent

Episode 2: Nordkalotten365.E02.1024×576.H264.NRK.mp4.torrent
Episode 3: Nordkalotten365.E03.1024×576.H264.NRK.mp4.torrent
Episode 4: Nordkalotten365.E04.1024×576.H264.NRK.mp4.torrent
Episode 5: Nordkalotten365.E05.1024×576.H264.NRK.mp4.torrent
Episode 6: Nordkalotten365.E06.1024×576.H264.NRK.mp4.torrent
Episode 7: Nordkalotten365.E07.1024×576.H264.NRK.mp4.torrent
Episode 8: Nordkalotten365.E08.1024×576.H264.NRK.mp4.torrent

That’s all episodes. Download and enjoy. And please seed the file to support this experiment.

Editorial note: This is an English version of the Norwegian article we published yesterday, as a convenience for international readers. See also our other English article; «How to get a bigger screen on Nokia N95 than iPhone».

If you’re curious about NRKbeta, here’s our English about-page.

125 kommentarer

  1. Una cadena de TV noruega decide poner en BitTorrent una de sus series mas populares

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    • Lex Ein (svar til Stevko)

      I enjoyed Episode 3 very much, thanks to the English subtitles file available here! The download was very fast, and the video quality was excellent (it should be, at 700MB for 28 minutes).

    • Morten (svar til Lex Ein)

      Are you not confusing the two series? March 8 posting is about 'Der ingen skulle tru…', while this thread is about 'Nordkalotten365'. I am hoping for subtitles to Nordkalotten365.

    • Lex Ein (svar til Morten)

      I have reported my several comments as erroneous and not applicable to this series. I apologize for the stupidity.

  2. Marius Arnesen (NRK)

    @Stevko

    Sorry. No subtitles, and I am afraid you won’t get much out of it if you don’t understand Norwegian…

    Besides the nice footage from the Arctic region of course 🙂

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  8. I think this is a great idea. They should do more of this. I often prefer to download torrents than adjust my schedule to watch it on TV. I wouldn’t even be offended by some advertising content.

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  9. only 4 words:
    this if fucking awesome.

    the first episode is really good, and i can’t wait for the 2nd eventhough i don’t understand more than just their names and maybe welcome and hi 🙂

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  10. jill/txt » NRK releases TV series DRM-free on Bittorrent

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  11. Hi there,

    I found your experiement featured in some german news sites (unfortunately without direkt links) and googled this page.

    Thank you very much for these episodes.

    Unfortunately without subtitles one looses a lot. Could you please comment on the question wether you would dispise or support home made subtitles to be provided by some volunteers who might understand norwegian.

    I think the world would really like to see more of your beatyful country and therefor download this production – even more so, if they could understand you talking … ;D

    cheers!

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  12. Eirik Solheim (NRK)

    As you understand we can’t spend our Norwegian license fee payer’s money on english subtitles for an international audience, but fansubbing is a very nice idea. I’ll look into the possibilities.

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  13. Hello,

    I’ve been looking on the web for any English fansub projects for this series. So far I haven’t found any, and would very much like to know if anybody is working on English subtitles.

    Jacob

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  14. Diarmuid Wrenne

    I think this is a brilliant experiment. I’m Irish and the lack of subtitles has not been a problem. One gets the sense of what he is saying, and as it is largely a one-man-show, there is little dialog anyway. The scenery, atmosphere, and the host’s talent all come through perfectly. As far as subbing is concerned, I think it would be sufficient to have an English translation as a document with some sort of (very simple) scene index. I hope the Irish Language broadcaster sees this and considers doing something similar with our home produced documentaries.

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  15. It will be freaking awesome if it have the subtitles. Does the Norwegian TV have the English subtitle? If so, then why not put it here in the miro player in a very simple way. And where did you get the subtitle from? England? we, license fee payer’s money paid for it at the first place! I don’t watch anything without subtitles except the football. I hate the BBC iplayer cos they failed to provide the subtitles since last summer and their programmers are useless!

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  19. Please make the programs available with NORWEGIAN subtitles. NRK has so many programs with ttv also at Nett-TV, and Tekst-TV is also online available. But page 777 is offline and the only program in (mainly) Norwegian language with Norwegian subtitles is Migrapolis.
    It would make it so much easier to follow the programs and to learn the language.

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  21. Still no fan subs?
    Was someone going to make subs for episode one?
    I can make some if no one else are going to.
    They wont be perfect but better then nothing, right?
    Well I’m guessing most of the English people that wanted subs are long gone by now.
    But I can make subs for one episode and then we can see if anyone downloads them.
    The Norwegian subs would help because I am having a hard time hearing a few of the words.

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  25. Hei Trond,

    Er du i ferd med aa lage subs for episode 1? Dro ned gnome subtitle editor selv naa for aa se hvor vanskelig det er, men hvis du er paa nippet til aa sleppe subs for episode 1 saa hopper jeg til episode 2.

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  26. Eirik Solheim,

    Mens jeg sitter her aa tekster saa slaar det meg at jeg egentlig vet veldig lite om teksting. Har NRK noen guider/konvensjoner for teksting? Er det mulig aa faa tak i disse?

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  28. Eirik,
    Oppdaget at gnome-subtitle-editor funket fint med mp4 alikevel, bare jeg som ikke var saerlig kjent med den ennaa. Begynner aa faa litt mer fart paa tekstingen naa, men det er tidkrevende greier ja. 🙂

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  34. Bryan Peterson

    I’m in America and a friend of mine from Norway linked me to this and I am very impressed with both the quality of the show and distribution method. I only wish I either spoke Norwegian or had some fansubs to go off of. Are there any other shows that we might expect to see torrented in the future?

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  40. I’m English and live in England but this seems good of NRK; to use BitTorrent technology to allow for distribution like this. I’ve watched Episode 1 so far and am impressed with the quality. Somebody did a good job there.

    My problem is I don’t know what’s being said as I don’t understand Norwegian. 🙂 I see some subtitles for Episode 1, but they only seem to cover the first 10 minutes of the programme(?).

    Is there a link to a subtitle repository somewhere?

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  43. even though i know no Norwegian i will try and translate the subs into English myself but if anyone has already done please let me know, the subs as stated above under the the March 8 2009 posting are for other programmes. Thanks

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  44. Øyvind Solstad (NRK)

    @Lex Ein: Amazing job with subtitles!

    Just want to mention that putting the series on YouTube is a violation of our copyright. Even though we use bittorrent for distribution of the series, we still have the copyright. It’s not Creative Commons, so sharing the series on other websites is actually not allowed.

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  45. Øyvind Solstad (NRK)

    @Lex Ein: Yes, I know that it’s not yours, it’s clear from your comment. I would like to leave the comments as they are. We usually don’t delete comments unless there’s a very good reason for it. But I have edited them, see if that’s fine.

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    • Eirik Solheim (NRK) (svar til Collin Ivy)

      That’s good to hear. Comments like these motivates further experiments with this distribution method… 🙂

  46. This is an old article, but either way, the topic is interesting:

    If anyone want subtitles in their language, I suggest using a subtitle translator which are using the Google Translate API. That way you will get a not perfect – but perfectly good translation into your language. A Google search gives some results which may be interesting for some of you.

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  47. Tommy Olausson

    Tackar NRK! Tänk om SVT kunde göra så här också med visa serier dom producerar… Ni på NRK är ett föredöme, älskar många serier och program som ni producerar! Tackar än en gång till för att man kan ladda ner denna trevliga äventyrsserie med Lars Monsen.

    Med varma hälsningar från Göteborg / Sverige

    Tommy

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  49. Mattis Sehlstedt

    Hey, i’m trying to download the episodes via the links posted on this page with a torrent client, but it doesn’t seem to work. The torrents are dead it seems. So please, if you’ve any solution, i’d gladly appreciate it. Thanks.

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