Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2014 16:01 UTC
Multimedia, AV

One thing that iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have proven is that content makers can fight piracy by providing a better, easier service to paying customers. But what happens when piracy fights back with something just as convenient?

A new app called Popcorn Time raises that very question. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Popcorn Time lets you stream the latest movies - including American Hustle, Gravity and Frozen - with just a couple clicks. The software uses BitTorrent to find and download movies, but eliminates the usual hassle of wading through sketchy torrent sites and waiting for the file to finish downloading.

Basically, it's the version of Netflix that you've always wanted - and maybe have been willing to pay extra for - but that Hollywood may never allow. It's also a flagrant enabler of copyright violation, at least in the United States.

It's the perfect product for movie lovers. It has a super-simple interface, completely abstracts Torrents away, works on the three major desktop platforms, and with one click and just a few minutes of waiting, you're watching a high-quality movie streamed through BitTorrent.

The entertainment industry could have built this years ago. Except, they were too busy suing the shit out of the very people they should have been serving to realise all the technology they needed already existed. Had the entertainment industry not been the only industry in the world that is protected by a huge, special legal framework, they would have been forced to innovate much sooner - and they most likely would have built this a decade ago.

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Comment by v_bobok
by v_bobok on Tue 11th Mar 2014 22:12 UTC
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There's nothing you can do about it at all.

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RE: Comment by v_bobok
by AlephZero on Wed 12th Mar 2014 14:06 in reply to "Comment by v_bobok"
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Well, if I were a evil major movie company, I could try to, in order:
- threaten and probably sue the maintainers of the site (that couldn't stop the program being distributed because of its open sourceness, but the major distibutor could be taken down)
- threaten every download site containing Popcorn Time as a download (try to stop the alternative distributers)
- monitor the torrent traffic for every client that identifies itself as "popcorntime" and backtrack the IPs (I'm not really sure about the effectiveness of this point)

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