BitTorrent has released a new video catalogue app developed in partnership with the Khan Academy, a not-for-profit educational organization created with the stated mission "of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere." The app offer over 2,000 educational videos that cover high school and college level curriculum. All of the videos are free to download and open licensed with Creative Commons.
The Khan Academy app is now available in BitTorrent's App Studio, which launched in August 2010 and is part of both the BitTorrent Mainline and µTorrent clients. Once installed, users can directly access and share free downloads of any of the Khan Academy video lessons. BitTorrent is also encouraging users to make financial contributions to support the Khan Academy either via the website or directly through the app's interface. The BitTorrent Mainline and µTorrent clients have a combined 100 million monthly user base, so this is a huge with for the Khan Academy.
"We're honored to support the Khan Academy's vision of bringing knowledge and education to the world," Shahi Ghanem, chief strategist at BitTorrent, said in a statement. "The Khan Academy app is a perfect example of why we created our App Studio platform: to help content creators connect with our global user base. In this instance we also enjoy the benefit of empowering a partner to provide tens of millions of people with free access to world-class educational content. This is a truly worthy cause. We look forward to continuing our work with the Khan Academy and other socially-conscious content creators as we foster new content distribution models."