The app Popcorn Time came out of nowhere a week ago with a slick interface that boiled down the messy torrenting experience into something simple. All you had to do was download the free app, find a movie, and wait for the stream (often in HD quality) to start.
Of course, Popcorn Time was just as illegal as downloading torrents manually. It simply added an elegant veneer to the dirty world of movie piracy. So it wasn’t too surprising when the developers behind the app announced yesterday that it was shutting down.
But while Popcorn Time’s creators may be walking away, it seems the app may live again: The torrent site YTS is taking on the project, reports TorrentFreak.
“We are in a better position copyright wise as for us, because it’s built on our API, it’s as if we have built another interface to our website,” YTS developer Jduncanator told TorrentFreak. “We are no worse off managing the project than we would be just supplying the movies.”
While it’s unclear what exactly happened with the original Popcorn Time team (I imagine Hollywood studios brought the full weight of their legal teams against them), what they accomplished was still noteworthy. If piracy can be as easy as using Netflix, how will Hollywood respond?
Check out a brief demo of the Popcorn Time app: