‘Netflix for Pirated Movies’ Now Works in Your Browser

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Popcorn Time Now Plays Movies In Your Browser, Making Streaming For Pirates A Whole Lot Easier.

Popcorn Time, otherwise known as the Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) for pirated movies and TV shows, an application that requires to download and install first, is available on a number of mobile devices and even on Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS.Popcorn Time managed to bypass most of the takedown efforts by movie and TV studios by hosting all content through peer-to-peer and creating an application instead of a website.

In news that is likely to cause all manner of headaches around Hollywood, Popcorn Time — the streaming torrent service often described as “Netflix for pirates” — is now easier to access than ever, thanks to a new website. The developers of the free-to-use service are feeling confident after a few months of no takedown notices, launching a web based client for Popcorn Time with all of the movies from torrent distributors YTS and Coinado.

Popcorn In Your Browser is another simple torrent-based video service that basically delivers the same service as Popcorn Time, except that it can be used in any browser without any additional software required (somewhat Netflix-style). Instead of having to find and download torrents, Popcorn Time makes the whole thing more user-friendly by adopting a streaming click-and-play approach to piracy. Unlike Netflix however, you don’t need to pay for a subscription for this service, instead all you need to do is just type the name of the title in the browser and select the movie you want to watch. The movies don’t have to be downloaded to a computer, either – the content remains on Popcorn Time’s servers, while users simply reap the rewards. As we’ve explained in the past, Popcorn time has had a rough ride: The original, open source PopcornTime project has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the last year.

The UI is also reportedly simpler now thanks to the new update, allowing the user to type the movie title into a search bar, then select it from the results, wait for the torrent, and stream away within the browser. That first project, which allows you to stream torrents from a Netflix-like interface shut down voluntarily under legal pressure almost immediately after launching.

It lost the majority of its TV shows, and needs to find new torrent distributors to fill EZTV’s large hole—this is why the web client currently only shows movies. And even with a VPN in place, we certainly can’t endorse Popcorn Time, and viewers should use the service at their own risk — there’s a reason it’s called “pirating.” The service may help users in some regions circumvent the law without actually breaking it: technically users aren’t storing, or even sharing, pirated movies, just watching them from a readily available source. It is also currently working on building its own distribution through peer-to-peer streaming, allowing it to create a walled garden for torrenting outside of the web. Indeed, Popcorn Time was removed by its Buenos Aires-based developers last March following pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Humorously, when the site was taken down in March, the creators noted that they had devised the concept in protest to the “ridiculous restrictions” placed on various markets by the movie industry. As an example, they noted that streaming providers in their home country of Argentina “seem to believe that There’s Something About Mary is a recent movie. “That movie,” they joked, “would be old enough to vote here.”

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