UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long.

Ars Technica is reporting the “Netflix-like torrenting app Popcorn Time” has disappeared adding, “The creators were ready to make the app, but they weren’t ready to fight for it.”

While that may be a bit snippy (and unnecessary editorializing), it is funny to read the creators of the app say Popcorn “had become entrenched in a conversation they didn’t want to have.” I’m sorry but you created an app that made it ridiculously easy to access bittorented files and watch movies that aren’t legally watchable in that form in many countries. Exactly what conversation were you expecting to have!? Seems awfully naive of them to think they could take the high road.


The Unofficial Apple Weblog:

Popcorn Time is a simple to use desktop app that’s available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

The app works by playing streaming video direct from torrents. While you watch, you seed and share the torrent data to other users. You’d imagine these streams are glitchy, with inconsistent or weak quality, but each one we tested out worked perfectly.

It’s a dream come true for the morally ambiguous. But there’s a hitch for the rest of us; it’s stealing. There are a lot of grey areas that come into play.

I tested this app out last night on two movies – Dune (which I would never watch in any other circumstance) and Heat – which I own. I had no problem viewing either.

What do you think? Is this “a dream come true for the morally ambiguous”? Or is it the inevitable result of the way the movie industry has treated consumers?


  1. This is a tough one.

    I live in the UK. We must have a TV license to watch TV. The monies from the license fee fund (in part) the BBC. Its currently £145 per year per household.

    We don’t get a box to tick that says we promise not to watch BBC programming, we just have to pay if we have a TV capable of receiving live broadcast.

    The BBC is great, I love the good quality stuff that they make, but they also chase ratings and produce crap to compete with the commercial channels. The traditional TV model is on the cusp of moving from broadcast as live to on demand programming, it may already have tipped over.

    The TV and Movie industry are fighting the same battle that the music industry lost 10 years ago, and are repeating the same damn mistakes.

    I have access to UK Netflix ( not as complete as US Netflix ) and Amazon LoveFilm (again limited in comparison) .

    Or I can pirate?

  2. Just logged into Amazon Prime to watch an Amazon original production. Betas.
    According to imdb 13 episodes were made. Did some research 13 episodes were shown in the US market. UK amazon only the 1 pilot episode is available.

    And you wonder why piracy exists.

    1. “And you wonder why piracy exists.”

      Nope. A lot of it is the content creators trying to protect the unprotectable in ways that just piss people off.

  3. Amazon Prime (UK) added the remaining episodes of Betas.

    So bad it wasn’t worth my time complaining.

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