Peer Impact has a very different take on the P2P service. It combines several of the same designs and services of a peer network with that of video subscription or download services. Peer Impact (owned by Wurld Media) has developed a secure and legal network that offers users incentives for being a legal seed on their network. But unlike other P2P services, Peer Impact is more of a rental and purchase service. Peer Impact makes deals with content providers and users.
Peer Impact users are “paid redistributors”. It offers users “cash” for running the Peer Impact software. If the user’s computer is used as a source in the purchase on the network, the user will receive “cash” for purchases on Peer Impact. They've made a lot of deals with music, television, movie and video game content makers, so their catalogue is large. Peer Impact’s prices are inline with companies like iTunes or CinemaNow. It is currently only available for users using a US address and credit card.
In a recent press release on Yahoo Business, Peer Impact announced content deals with Fox and Warner Bros. Peer Impact already has rights to distribute movies and television from NBC Universal. The new deal also adds a new format to the service. This new format will offer movies and television for 24 hour rental. Television episodes will run about $1 and movies $3 or $4.
I personally have never used this service. The ideas are interesting and the more competition, the better for the consumer. This service could have the worst qualities of either P2P and subscription services or the best depending on how users feel about it. I don’t see how it is better than just finding the content from other services or directly from the source companies. The selling points seem to be speed and safety. If anyone has firsthand knowledge of Peer Impact, please give us a comment. Because I want to know how it is an advantage.