Popcorn Time Takes BitTorrent Streaming To A Whole New Level, Netflix Style
The latest ultimate movie streaming software, Popcorn Time, is taking torrent streaming to a whole different level. The interface of Popcorn time is very similar to the netflix interface except well, torrented. Torrenting has been a huge copyright issue for the entertainment industry. Traditionally if you wanted to pirate a movie using torrent, you would need to go to a site like piratebay and search through complicated and ad clogged listings. Now all you have to do is download Popcorn time and your ready to stream any movie straight from your computer Netflix style.
Popcorn time was founded by a man living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that goes by the name Sebastian. Sebastian got fed up with the traditional pirate bay and other torrent listing websites, so he decided to code his own version of netflix that allows people to stream movies using torrent functions.
What’s even more funny is that this project is an open source project on Github . Many developers loves the idea and started to collaborate and contribute to the project. Developers from all over the world have added new features and within 24 hours it was translated into six languages.
Popcorn Time is pretty much a client browser for movies. It could be downloaded for free straight from Popcorn time’s site and works for all platforms.
“The technology behind the app is very simple. We consume a group of APIs, one for the torrents, another for the movie info, and another for the poster. We also have an API for the subtitles. Everything is automated, we don’t host anything, but take existing information and put it together,” Sebastian says
The app allows you to seed and share at the same time while you are streaming at a much quicker rate than normal torrent. Other torrent softwares such as Utorrent and more have features that allow you to preview the files, but Popcorn time takes streaming to a whole new level. Most users that wrote a review about it praised how simple and easy to use it was. Some even claims its better than Netflix.
Is Popcorn Time Legal?
If you were like me, the first thing you probably thought of was, “How can this be legal?” I wondered the same and the fact is that it isn’t legal, but the founder claims that he dont think he will run into any legal issues. Same with any other user content website, the founder claims that the site is user uploaded material and that they have to agree to the disclaimer before using the program.
“We don’t expect legal issues. We don’t host anything, and none of the developers makes 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,”
I’m not sure whether or not a few disclaimers or agreements will bypass the laws, but it seems as of now they’re doing pretty well.The platform will remain free and open source for as long as it can be around.
On their FAQ section of their website they stated that it is dependent on your country to know whether or not it is legal to “stream movies”.
Torrenting has been around for a long time. I’m sure most people on the web has torrented something before. Whether it was for testing purposes, pirating purposes, or just needed to transfer a file, most of us have torrented before. For those who didn’t know, Bitorrent is actual a legitimate private software company based in San Francisco. It currently has 110 employees and still has big hopes for changing how file transferring works in the future.
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