We love Popcorn Time, the ‘Netflix for pirates’! It is a truly beautiful piece of programing that makes smoothly streaming movies from torrent sites in glorious HD ridiculously easy and intuitive. We also knew that precisely because it is so good, the movie industry would go haywire about it, and would go to any lengths it could to prevent Popcorn Time going mainstream.
‘Piracy is not a people problem. It’s a service problem. A problem created by an industry that portrays innovation as a threat to their antique recipe to collect value. It seems to everyone that they just don’t care.
But people do.
We’ve shown that people will risk fines, lawsuits and whatever consequences that may come just to be able to watch a recent movie in slippers. Just to get the kind of experience they deserve.’
It came as little surprise then, that within days of being announced, Popcorn Time ceased to function and the program was removed from the Mega servers where it was hosted.
The original developers explain their decision to drop Popcorn Time rather poignantly here, making it clear that they were under considerable pressure to do so,
‘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. 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.’
The thing is though, that once released, open source code and a great idea are difficult things to put down, something that was proven by the release of two new forks of Popcorn Time by independent developers.
We were very excited about these new versions of the app, which planned to include exciting developments such as an Android app, Chromecast support, and multi-tracker support, so it was with disappointment that we found the apps had stopped working on Sunday, and TorrentFreak reported their demise.
We are therefore very pleased to report that both versions of the app are up and running again! The Popcorn-Time.tv fork website is down, so you will have to source the app elsewhere, but in testing we found that it was working again just fine, and the Time 4 Popcorn website is up and running as usual (and the app works flawlessly again).
The Time for Popcorn devs obviously take their mission statement seriously
We are sure that this story is far from over, but have confidence that Popcorn Time not be easily suppressed by the outdated copyright bullies, and may even be the catalyst for copyright reform that the ordinary public so urgently needs.
Time for Popcorn is back with a vengeance! It now provides access to popular TV shows, and an Android app is promised ‘in just a few more days’
Long live Popcorn Time!