Dubbed the new pirated movie Netflix, Popcorn Time has now started an online, in-browser streaming service which allows users to watch pirated movies.
In the past year since Popcorn Time’s grand unveiling, the service has allowed countless users to stream torrents rather than downloading them directly to their personal computers. Due to a multitude of legal battles, the original Popcorn Time app was forced to bow down to legal pressure and shut down.
Yet various groups continued developing Popcorn Time’s software, making it possible for a new service to emerge. With a new domain (.se) and a slightly different appearance, Popcorn Time offers the same features that the old app did.
The in-browser app allows users to remotely stream any torrent files they wish through Coinado.
No instalations are required and no files or trackers are stored on the viewer’s machine, so that within seconds, you and your significant other can enjoy a lovely movie without the hustle and bustle of downloading and seeding.
Of course, the service doesn’t necessarily run to the user’s satisfaction as some files play while others don’t.
Yet Popcorn Time has more than just the content going for it. The website is actually user-friendly and has a clean appearance and a polished experience. In fact, most users may actually be deceived into thinking that they are about to have a legitimate viewing experience. Most importantly, it is free of charge and often faster than similar services (including Netflix).
As its prequel, Popcorn Time is also jumping rope with the legality of movie streaming and being in such a gray area may make or break the site. While there is no downloading involved, viewers are still using products which they have not paid for in advance.
Peer-to-peer file sharing is nothing new and copyright infringing sharing has been on a steady rise for the past twenty years.
Since the project is open source, more clones will appear if the website is shut down.
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