Its Popcorn Time!
Everyone knows a friend or may have personally downloaded pirated movies or TV shows from the internet. Unlike Netflix or Hulu or whatever legal outlet you guys choose to use, illegal torrent/streaming sites have access to many more shows and movies that you may not get from your Netflix subscription. Navigating torrents and streaming sites to find the specific show or movie that you want can be difficult in terms of finding a good quality version that won’t lag like a turtle or gives you a bunch of viruses cause you downloaded the file from a sketchy site. Well for all you internet pirates out there, I may have some good news. There’s a new app available that makes illegal piracy incredibly easy.
It’s called Popcorn Time, and it could revolutionize how people watch video the same way Napster revolutionized how people listened to music. Popcorn Time is an open-source app that runs on pretty much any computer- Windows, Mac and even Linux-that can download and stream basically any TV show or movie that you might want.
You’re Joking Right?
No I’m really not. This new Popcorn Time App makes searching for an illegal file of The Wolf on Wall Street as easy as going to your Netflix account and selecting another rerun of Breaking Bad. The application will search it’s database of files, which are all from the torrent site YTS, and can stream the movie/show instantly as the file continues to download for the user.
The app will also continue to share the file for a short time after the file is downloaded to prevent leeching. Oh and its free to download and use. Does it get much easier than that for piracy enthusiasts than that? From my limited knowledge of the piracy world, I really don’t think so.
Who Made It?
Well the creators really haven’t revealed themselves all that much so we don’t really know. But the website TorrentFreak was able to interview one of the designers of the app named Sebastian (no last name was provided) who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the rest of the Popcorn Time team. He explains that he wanted to create a software application that could make downloading movies as easy as Netflix to help those who were unfamiliar with torrenting. And in a few months time, he and his teammates created Popcorn Time. Surprisingly, Sebastian is not overly concerned with any legal ramifications coming his way anytime soon.
We don’t expect legal issues. We don’t host anything, and none of the developers make any money. There are no ads, no premium accounts, and no subscription fees or anything like that. It’s an experiment to learn and share.
While that may sound rational and his reason for creating the app may be altruistic, I’m sure the American movie industry and FBI are less than pleased to say the least. I’m sure they will take all measures that they can to prevent this app from overtaking the American masses. That reminds me…
Disclaimer: YOU can still get in trouble.
While Sebastian does not think he or his team will face any trouble with the law, you as an user can definitely be held responsible by the FBI for using the site. Since you’re still technically downloading illegal files from a torrent site. Popcorn Time does put a disclaimer on their website and on the app itself that downloading copyrighted material may be illegal in your country (Yes it is still illegal in the States). So unless you want to use a virtual private network to hide what you’re doing online, you are still at risk of getting screwed over by the long arm of the law.
But to be honest people have been torrenting for quite some time without caring about copyright infringement or what legal ramifications may come their way. So for those people, Popcorn Time could be revolutionary, simplifying torrenting to the point that you don’t really have to do anything besides download the app and click on whatever movie or TV show you want to watch. Popcorn time still has yet to create a mobile app, which prevents users from watching on tablets or mobile phones. But all things being equal, this app has the opportunity to impact the movie industry and how we as a public view movies tremendously. Time will tell whether or not this app or the movie industry will come out on top. To all you pirates out there, enjoy the app if you choose, but please be careful. The FBI isn’t exactly known for their compassion (shocking i know).
What do you guys think about the app? Feel free to join the conversation here!