The PT.se team have now released a browser plugin that recreates the Popcorn Time experience within your browser.
The web interface is almost exactly the same as that used in the PT.se desktop app
“The Torrents Time plugin contains 2 parts: A torrent-client engine, based on the Libtorrent library and a video player which is completely 100% written by us, which utilizes FFmpeg. It encodes most of the known video formats,” the team informs TF.
Regularly, you need to run a BitTorrent client to begin downloading a torrent. A torrent client built-in to the browser enables the downloading of the file referred to by the torrent with one click, with the torrent appearing on the HTML page. The user does not need to run a separate BitTorrent client.”
At present the plugin is only available for Windows 7+, but it does support all major browsers – Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer (I’m not sure about Windows Edge.)
In tests, everything seems to work exactly as it is supposed to, although videos tend to play a little quietly on my system. Utilizing the same underlying technology used in the PT.io app, Torrents Time sources torrent files from a number of trackers, plus uses DHT and Peer Exchange (PEX) if required. This means that unlike PT.se, which relied on YTS for all its movie content, Torrents Time (and PT.io) should prove difficult to take down.
As with the desktop app, Torrents Time claims to support casting to TV via Chromecast, Airplay and DLNA, but I could not get this to work with my Chromecast.
Also as with the PT.io app, Torrents Time pushes users to sign-up for a VPN service provided by AnonymousVPN ($12 per month.) I have never heard of AnonymousVPN outside of PT.io, so until BestVPN reviews the service properly, I advise using a recommended third party VPN provider.
Torrents Time has, however, stated that it is happy to work with other VPN services,
“We invite every VPN provider to contact us, as we appreciate that anonymity is one of the most important features for users’ privacy.”
Note that if a third party VPN is running then you can safely ignore warnings to turn on VPN when you start a movie.
Although Torrents Time is free
and open source, and the Popcorn Time Online website free to use (at least for now,) the devs make no bones about the fact that they (not unreasonably) want to monetize the technology. The plan to do this by working with website developers to embed Torrents Time videos on their websites with ad server integration,
“Torrents Time as a monetization solution allows you to start nourishing a great relationship with your users where you profit, among other things, from subscriptions to VPN services, which is truly essential to your users. Your users on the other hand, can show their love and appreciation for everything you’re doing for them by using these services which they need.”
This highlights an interesting feature of the technology – that any website can enable Torrents Time functionality. So while at present Popcorn Time Online is the only place offering content for Torrent Time users, if the technology takes off this could change dramatically…
Update 08 February 2016: Well that didn’t take long! Just days after going live, the infamous torrent indexing website thepiratebay.se (TPB) has implemented Torrents Time functionality. In addition to the regular download options, visitors to TBP can now choose to stream torrents directly from the website using the Torrents Time plugin.
Torrents Time functionality has also been implemented by VideoMax, and KickAssTorrents, Torrentproject.se, and Online.porntime.ws have announced plans to support Torrents Time streaming within the next few days.