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Popcorn Time movie streamer pops back into life

The fan done menace
Tue Mar 18 2014, 11:06

THE RECENTLY BINNED movie and TV streaming app Popcorn Time is back from limbo with new operators and a new domain.

Popcorn Time made an immediate but brief impact on the app world, movie watching and the movie studios, and basked in controversial sunshine for the few days that it was around. It was shuttered due to movie studio pressure, but has returned with new people at its helm.

It appears that a number of people are behind the phoenix-like return, and the APIs for the service are on Github. While an outfit called YTS or YIFY Torrents initially spoke to Torrentfreak about the return, it later distanced itself, describing it as a "community driven project".

The new Popcorn Time website echos this, explaining that the website and app are "the result of many developers and designers putting a bunch of APIs together to make the experience of watching torrent movies as simple as possible".

"We are an open source project," it adds. "We are from all over the world. We love our movies. And boy, do we love popcorn."

Popcorn Time is a streaming service, but it streams Bittorrent content. A film will start to play before all of the content is downloaded, but some features, like subtitles, will not work until the download is complete.

The FAQ says that files are saved on the recipient computer hard drive but are deleted the next time the machine restarts.

The original Popcorn Time shut down because its operators did not want to spend their time on the 'piracy' debate.

"Popcorn Time is shutting down today. Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus or allies. But because we need to move on with our lives," they wrote in a blog post.

"Our experiment has put us at the doors of endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love. And that's not a battle we want a place in." µ


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