Popcorn Time Online

Stream movies and TV series on your browser

#4 Product of the DayFebruary 04, 2016

Robert Headley
  • Pros: 

    The name is good


    Illegal, will get you sued or at least harrassed by your ISP.

    Popcorn Time uses bittorrent to illegally stream licensed intellectual property.

    Robert Headley has never used this product.
Start the timer... When will it be taken down?
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@bentossell I give it 24 hours
@bentossell why doesn't someone build this as an actual app? Wouldn't that solve the issue?
@kenrossi Already exists.
@kenrossi @bentossell I think the point of this release is to prove the power of torrents-time, the technology behind the site. It doesn't matter if the site is taken down, anybody can now grab that tool and make a thousand hydras of torrent-streaming websites.
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Requires your system password to install the plugin... what could go wrong? :)
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Once again, Product Hunt condones piracy. Seriously people: PAY FOR YOUR CONTENT!
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@aaroncrocco Unfortunately, there is no legal alternative to Popcorn Time with the same content and ease of use.
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@tim_vermeulen I think you would be hard pressed to prove these movies and TV shows are not available to stream via rental or purchase through a legal service. While some content may be spread out (iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, etc) that does *not* mean there's "no legal alternative". If $5 to rent a movie is too expensive for you, I suggest you go to your local library, which is free.
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@aaroncrocco we don't... it was submitted and upvoted by the community
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@bentossell Fair enough but where is the PH team's input on this? I just said the same thing to Ryan on Twitter. The reason it's frustrating is that Product Hunt is an awesome site and I'm an author that creates for a living. So to see posts like this perpetuate the idea that creative content is allowed to be free pokes at a deep conviction. I have no problems with people wanting to consume movies, shows, books, music, etc, but when everyone believes the work put into creating those things should be free is where I have a big issue. It's a huge reason why many authors I know will forever have day jobs because people piracy outnumbers sales by massive margins.
We don't condone piracy -- this and others like it, are submitted and upvoted by the community. But I do 100% agree with you that people should pay for great content. I'm hopeful alternative business models succeed (e.g. monthly subscriptions via Spotify or Netflix, advertising-based revenue through YouTube) in compensating creators and providing an acceptable experience for consumers. On a related note, have you seen other creative models working?
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I think the new technology behind this is an even more important story to tell: https://torrentfreak.com/torrent...
Popcorn Time has made a comeback with the launch of "Popcorn Time Online" that allows you to stream all of the movies and TV shows it offers directly in your browser using a new plugin called Torrents Time. While Popcorn Time Online looks similar to its predecessor, it’s now using Torrents Time to embed a torrent client in the browser, instead of using HTTP.