Last month I reported on how the most popular fork of Popcorn Time, Popcorn Time.io, had died a death. Not only were deep divisions reported within the development team (leading to a rather ugly squabble over ownership the popcorntime.io domain name,) but the website from which the app sourced its torrents, YTS (formerly TIFY,) shut down after making an unprecedented deal with the MPAA.
Thing is, though, Popcorn Time has always been an open source project, which means that the code for Popcorn Time.io is freely available for others to look at and mess around with to their heart’s content!
A couple of weeks ago, two Dutch developers over on reddit released a fix that allows the existing PT.io client (still my favorite Popcorn Time iteration) to stream from alternate torrent sources (including TV sources.)
Full instructions for fixing the PT.io client manually on various desktop platforms are still available here, or Windows users can download an executable patch to do this automatically. If you don’t already have PT.io, you grab the original, or can download a pre-patched version (Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.)
However… although this fix remains available and still works, it did not take long for Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN to track down the Dutch devs and bully them into agreeing not to proceed further with their plans.
In order to avoid being taken to court, the devs have agreed to pay a €2000 fine per day, should they continue their activity. This means that the promised Android fix is unlikely to be forthcoming (at least from these devs!)
As for the origonal Popcorn Time.io developers, the Butter Project, a breakaway fork developed by members of PT.io team who left the original project over concerns oabout PT.io’s integration of the VPH.ht VPN service, does not appear to have made much progress to date.
“I am still considering a full comeback, I just do not want to release a half working version.”