Popcorn Time lives as another team takes over the 'Netflix for pirates' app

This weekend, the team behind the Popcorn Time movie torrent app announced they had stopped development of the program. Now a well known torrent source, YTS, claims they have taken up the mantle and will continue to work on the app.

Torrent Freak reports that Popcorn Time was written on the same API that YTS (formerly YIFY-Torrents) uses on their website. The statement from the site adds:

It’s our vision at YTS that we see through projects like these and that just because they create a little stir in the public, it doesn’t mean they are shut down. That stir is exactly what the public needs and it’s already evident that people are becoming more aware of copyright-related issues.

The creators of the original Popcorn Time wanted to make it as easy to stream a movie from a torrent site as people who subscribe to services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Instant Video. However, the team quickly ran into questions about its legality soon after its launch a week ago. On Friday, they announced that the program would be shut down, simply because its creators decided they wanted "to move on with our lives."

Even though YTS says they will continue development of Popcorn Time, the questions about the app's legal standing are still out there and will likely continue for some time to come.

Source: Torrent Freak | Image via BGR

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Lord Method Man said,
I see we're a warez site now. Good going, guys.

I think it's only against the rules to admit you use illegal torrents and advocate piracy in general, not just to talk about them.

Yupp, we are so. Just like The Verge, Times, Ars Technica, etc.

Ohh also, have you heard the news!? The BBC is now a terrorist organization, they were reporting on terrorist activities!

Lord Method Man said,
Shouldn't be promoting this crap either way.

I'd never heard of it until Neowin reported on it.

But I'm not going to use it

Lord Method Man said,
Shouldn't be promoting this crap either way.

It ain't Neowins fault that the Streisand effect exists. More awareness was inevitable when the app was shut down. People like to seek things that are band or restricted, as people have a curiosity to see why individuals are trying to stop them acquiring it, and people don't like missing out.

Ultimately, people will make a decision on their own on weather it is a good or bad thing, and will do so with personal discretion. This is how a fair and just society with a democratic back bone should operate.

Lord Method Man said,
Shouldn't be promoting this crap either way.

It's tech related news, not advertising.

Edited by Haggis, Mar 17 2014, 10:57am :

Lord Method Man said,
I see we're a warez site now. Good going, guys.

Yes, TIME Magazine, Washington Post, Yahoo! Finance, PC Magazine, etc, are all warez sites now. And I'm not talking about them reporting about it closing, I'm talking about those platforms promoting the program's initial release.. which is something we didn't do.

Lord Method Man said,
I see we're a warez site now. Good going, guys.

Shh now. You just sound silly.... Its a news article. Just because it reports on a potentially illegal service, doesn't mean this site has anything to do with that service. Last I checked, the BBC was reporting this... maybe you can get your warez from them now... /s

Ad Man Gamer said,

It ain't Neowins fault that the Streisand effect exists. More awareness was inevitable when the app was shut down. People like to seek things that are band or restricted, as people have a curiosity to see why individuals are trying to stop them acquiring it, and people don't like missing out.

Ultimately, people will make a decision on their own on weather it is a good or bad thing, and will do so with personal discretion. This is how a fair and just society with a democratic back bone should operate.


I don't normally do this but I just had to..

"banned" , "whether"

from the YTS site:

Brief Clarification: YTS is not taking over, and is in no way affiliated with Popcorn Time. This has been misreported on and caused much confusion for many users, for which we apologise.
Popcorn Time is a community driven project, not owned nor maintained by a single person or entity.

zerolimit said,
Yify videos are great but the sound quality is CRAP!!! 92K. a MP3 file sounds better then their audio

Which makes it perfect for those of us who watch movies on our phones and laptops and such. For those on 50" screens and thousand dollar sound systems, they shouldn't be looking for 1GB sized HD rips.

duoi said,

Which makes it perfect for those of us who watch movies on our phones and laptops and such. For those on 50" screens and thousand dollar sound systems, they shouldn't be looking for 1GB sized HD rips.

Or even, you know, not pirating...

Oh Great now YIFY or YTS is going to be shutdown and now where the hell do I get my movies? Update; YTS site says Brief Clarification: YTS is not taking over, and is in no way affiliated with Popcorn Time. This has been misreported on and caused much confusion for many users, for which we apologise.
Popcorn Time is a community driven project, not owned nor maintained by a single person or entity.

Edited by Randall_Lind, Mar 17 2014, 4:16am :

It has been removed from github anyway not having an easy exe file of any program will kill it for 90% of people as most folkk as no clue how to compile it.

Er...I just downloaded beta 2 already circulating out in the wild and its working for me. Looks like the service is back up again.

From YTS website:
"Brief Clarification: YTS is not taking over, and is in no way affiliated with Popcorn Time. This has been misreported on and caused much confusion for many users, for which we apologise.
Popcorn Time is a community driven project, not owned nor maintained by a single person or entity."
http://yts.re
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