BBC working on a next generation P2P platform

An intriguing post on BBC's Internet Blog reveals that the corporation is embarking on another grand project.

The corporation is joining forces with 21 partners across Europe - including other broadcasters, universities, content and metadata specialists and hardware vendors - to build a new, potentially open source legal P2P-based platform called P2P next.

In a nutshell, P2P-Next will "develop an open source, efficient, trusted, personalized, user-centric and participatory television and media delivery mechanism with social and collaborative connotations using the emerging P2P paradigm, which takes into account the existing EU legal framework."

George Wright, who is the Executive Producer, Rapid Development Unit, Future Media & Technology at the BBC mentions that the platform will be based on Tribler which is based on work at the Delft University of Technology.

The project will be part funded by the European Union for the next four years - they've secured Eur 19 million - as Wright and others work on making Tribler a better platform by incorporating social features, live P2P streaming and a number of other enhancements.

Tribler will be able to work on everything from Set top box (think Freeview Receivers) to computers and possibly mobile devices.