Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Popcorn Time has been shut down, now what?

One of the biggest illegal streaming service, Popcorn Time has been shut down last week. The website can't open, the app no longer works, instead users are suggested to download a legal app Butter by their official Twitter. What's more, its developer Wally informs TF that the fork's servers have also been shut down. All things marks the end of Popcorn Time.

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Popcorn Time is a multi-platform streaming client that allows users to stream and watch movie torrents. In a year and a half of its existence, it has received many take down notices and has been subjected to several copyright and anti-piracy cases, mentioned in my previous article. From last week, the most popular version of Popcorn Time - Popcorntime.io is not available, but other forks remain, including Time4Popcorn, which is hosted at popcorn-time.se. 

Even Popcorn dead, a legal version of it called Butter is unveiled. A portion of the developers decided to leave Popcorn Time early last week over fears that a forthcoming paid-for VPN service could bring about a lawsuit. The creators noted that they took out all the sketchy parts from Popcorn Time while making Butter, a move that they hope will attract developers and keep the service intact from legal threats.

Coming in the wake of the swift shut-down of Browser Popcorn, it looks like the days of the Torrent streaming service could be numbered. Popular torrent site and release group YTS, also known as YIFY, has been down for days as well. Since YTS is used as the main torrent resource by many Popcorn Time applications, these are also unable to stream movies.

Fortunately, there are lots of streaming sites, Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu for American viewers, TF1, France 2, France 3 for French viewers, Mitele.es for Spanish veiwers, name a few. What's more, their special offers are frequently seen, giving us lots of discount. Amazon Prime offered a promotion to memberships, that's pay $99 a year to ship merchandise as well as access to movies and TV shows this month. Google recently released a new offering - YouTube Red, which enables their customers watch ad-free videos, and save videos to watch offline.

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