Popcorn Time: The Free Netflix-Like Threat to Hollywood Hits Android
No one in Hollywood would want people to hear about Popcorn Time, the torrent application that makes finding and watching pirated TV and movies as easy as Netflix does with legal streams. Unfortunately for Hollywood — and the TV industry, for that matter — Popcorn Time has gotten even more expansive.
Torrenting has been around for some time, allowing people to easily download files from many peer sources all at the same time. Everything from movies and TV to software and video games can be found in torrent form, but there are some things that stand in the way. For one, finding quality torrents can be tricky, and actually downloading them requires at least some savvy in technology, though not an awful lot. The other problem is the legality of torrenting, as many of the files that are shared infringe on copyright.
Popcorn Time set out to solve one of these problems and half-solve the other. Netflix demonstrated how simple and convenient media streaming could be, with all those scrolling rolls of movies and TV shows being very easy to browse, plus the search function if needed. Popcorn Time took it to the next level by offering similar functionality, but the extended library that included torrents from all corners of the web — some public domain and others surely copyrighted content.
Though the creators of Popcorn Time said they had confirmed the legality of their project “four times,” the matters of law concerned them enough to eventually disband earlier this year, but not before the source code for the project was made available. So even though the original Popcorn Time died in a manner of speaking, it quickly came back from the grave – and just like a zombie, it has been spreading.