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Popcorn Time allows you to stream torrent movies for free

By Himanshu Arora · 33 replies
Mar 10, 2014
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  1. A designer/developer from Buenos Aires, Argentina has developed a BitTorrent-powered video streaming software app which lets you stream the latest blockbusters at no cost -- though not exactly legally either. Dubbed Popcorn Time, the app has garnered some attention for...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,875   +1,206

    Back when mp3s hit the scene they were not traded easily by newbies and the recording industry ignored them. Then came Napster and music trading exploded. The wrath of the entire legal team of the RIAA went after Napster and they were soon shut down. I would expect Hollywood to do something similar to Popcorn Time if it becomes popular.
  3. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,272   +241

    Netflix and other similar companies should grab this talent from Buenos Aires.
    as I understood it (or NOT), torrent lessens the load on the uploader when more peers/leechers are connected.
    if a popular movie/tv show is legally subscribed by a user, then the user can get it faster thru this "torrent streaming".

    one drawback though. don't use this app on Microsoft's Patch Tuesdays (till Thursday when the 48-hour wait for manual reboot is over-ridden by windows 8/8.1)
    "Movies are downloaded in a secret folder somewhere on your drive and are deleted on a reboot."
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,267   +895


    Well this is a step forward for torrenting, between torrents and netflix this might encourage channels to start streaming their shows without the need for ultrapowerful server.

    So far they are loosing a lot of revenue because people no longer want to see what they broadcast on their terms.
  5. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 261   +103

    Just downloaded the program and tested it, it works surprinsingly well. You open it, select a movie, choose between 720p or 1080p and play. I have 12MB ADSL and it works perfectly. Buffering is relatively fast; you can skip to any point in the movie and it resumes playing in a matter of seconds. Only downside is that audio is stereo only. You get only one audio track but several subtitle options.
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,179   +207

    This feature has been available in utorrent for some years now, providing the torrent is not in a zipped format.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,267   +895

    But not as default, so you need to put it on stream to prioritize the parts closer to where you are at, also the UI is not the prettiest nor user friendly, you have tons of config options and icons and whatnot.
  8. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +131

    "downloaded in a secret folder somewhere on your drive"

    False... It's open source. I could see what the code is doing to find where it is on my drive. Alternatively, I could monitor my drive to see where files are being written/read from.

    Even so, I feel like the bittorrent apps out there make it easy enough already. Most come with search bars that will find things for you, not to mention the myriad of well-known torrent hosting sites available and more pirates/teams "branding" their torrents and setting up their own shops to try and beat out others (I.e., YIFY for blu-ray movies that will come out about 3-6 weeks before Bluray in stores).

    Also, on my internet it's about 20 min on average to get a 5 gb movie (5.1, 1080P, with extras). I think I'll live with that rather than have additional software.

    Either way, cool app concept that hopefully more people will take notice of in this "on demand/always on" society, but as others have noted above... the legal teams will be foaming at the mouths on this one for a while.
  9. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 261   +103

    I didn't see a pretty essential question in the FAQ : what's the bandwith requirements for this? I've made some research; these guys work with YIFI releases, so for example "12 Years A Slave" is 1.95GB for 134mins -> that's 254KB/s meaning you need an 1.98Mbps connection. For 720p it's 925.15MB, so you only need 118KB/s, a 943kbps connection. In real world terms that would be 3Mbps ADSL por 1080p and 2Mbps for 720p (2Mbps and 1Mbps is almost enough but not quite there).
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,267   +895

    You could always give it a couple of minutes to buffer, for example put the movie on download and go make some popcorn or get a soda or something :p

    At least here in Chile 1mb is the cheapest internet available, being 4mb the standard entry and 10mb the one included in packages so that wouldn't be much trouble at all.
  11. People have argued for ages that torrenting was a smart way to p2p data. However how many places have really found it necessary or thought it was good for their business, when it has such a stigma of piracy.

    And as far as Netflix using this stuff .... the argument then is, can they offer High Definition with such ?
    You worked out the speeds via YIFY releases. But YIFY is by scene standards terrible. The bit rates on his stuff is low, 2 channel audio. YIFY is not HD. Its DVD RIP in higher resolution. And whilst it may look acceptable, and whilst maybe this would be great for some, if you are Netflix, and you are charging the earth for your services, you don't want to be giving people sub par quality.

    So now work out a 720p @ 4 - 6gb and a 1080p @ 8 - 10gb. And how much bandwidth would you need ?
    ISPs said ages ago that they needed 20MB min to do HD I believe
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,267   +895

    When a friend told me about YIFY compression I thought the same, it must suck. I downloaded a 720p movie both on YIFY and I don't know who maybe BOZX or well... whatever at 4,3gb+, run both side by side and couldn't tell the difference between the two of them.
  13. Amigosdefox

    Amigosdefox TS Booster Posts: 100   +10

    Just tried it. Works better than Netflix even on my 5Mbit/s connection. Would pay for this.
    Probably will get banned soon.
  14. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    Totally agree friend.

    YIFY releases are great if you like watching movies on a cell phone with stereo quality!

    Anyone that cares about quality looks elsewhere!

    720p @ 4 - 6gb and a 1080p @ 8 - 10gb
    These numbers are spot on for quality rips.
  15. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    Get a better tv bro!
  16. Where on the hard drive it saves the movies? I want to clear it out
  17. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,267   +895

    It may not be the best out there but I did tried on a full hd 32" tv, both looked exactly the same, since that moment I started downloading yify.

    Edit: I did download some older Yify releases and they were of so so quality, were you could actually notice the difference, I tried Oblivion and couldn't tell the difference, also the first Hobbit movie and no difference either. Maybe he improved the quality over latest releases.
  18. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    I still don't bother with YIFY releases I need 5.1 audio and most of his are stereo sound!
  19. I wish they would have 480p quality :( also wondering if this will be ever ported to android. Would be awesome to run that off tablet :)
  20. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    Why do you want 480p ?
  21. There are tons of apps that do this for android. Google "showbox" for android and "moviebox" for crapple (moviebox needs to be jailbroken first)

    Here are some apps from play store to get you started a bit
  22. platinumsteel

    platinumsteel TS Rookie Posts: 25

    I just hope this guy doesn't end up on the worlds most wanted lists..lol..And he gave it the perfect name..hahaha..amazing..
  23. Joshw

    Joshw TS Rookie Posts: 17   +8

    Idk I can't tell a difference in YIFY's movies, maybe it has to do with how far away you sit I have 47 inch tv and sit about 6-7ft away. It doesn't really matter for me though I can't really afford the bandwidth of 10gb movies.
  24. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    There are alot of different factors.

    Your age cause eyesite diminishes with aging.
    The quality of the Tv you are using they are not all the same.
    If you have never viewed 1080 on a highend plasma display and are only use to LCD and LED you will never know what you are missing.
    And some of us are viewing with 5.1 surround systems most of YIFY's rips are in stereo audio and lower video bitrates. I will not watch movies in stereo when I have proper 5.1 setup.

    And yes the bandwidth and your connection speed also is a factor. ive your on a 10mbps connection it will take too long to download a 8GB movie.
    However on a 50mbps connection its not a problem in a reasonable amount of time.

    And some of us are just more picky than others!
  25. Watafu

    Watafu TS Rookie

    Why is it that these comments always turn to "my **** is bigger". We don't care about your internet speed, we want info on how the program works.

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