UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long.
Ars Technica is reporting the “Netflix-like torrenting app Popcorn Time” has disappeared adding, “The creators were ready to make the app, but they weren’t ready to fight for it.”
While that may be a bit snippy (and unnecessary editorializing), it is funny to read the creators of the app say Popcorn “had become entrenched in a conversation they didn’t want to have.” I’m sorry but you created an app that made it ridiculously easy to access bittorented files and watch movies that aren’t legally watchable in that form in many countries. Exactly what conversation were you expecting to have!? Seems awfully naive of them to think they could take the high road.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Popcorn Time is a simple to use desktop app that’s available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
The app works by playing streaming video direct from torrents. While you watch, you seed and share the torrent data to other users. You’d imagine these streams are glitchy, with inconsistent or weak quality, but each one we tested out worked perfectly.
It’s a dream come true for the morally ambiguous. But there’s a hitch for the rest of us; it’s stealing. There are a lot of grey areas that come into play.
I tested this app out last night on two movies – Dune (which I would never watch in any other circumstance) and Heat – which I own. I had no problem viewing either.
What do you think? Is this “a dream come true for the morally ambiguous”? Or is it the inevitable result of the way the movie industry has treated consumers?