As some of you may know, Popcorn Time (and its various iterations) has gone through a number of ups and downs in order to offer its community pirated movies. In order to protect itself and its users even further, Popcorn Time is adapting into a peer-to-peer based service.
By hosting data directly with its users and no longer relying on domains and centralized servers, the service hopes to side-step any possible legal action taken against them. According to reports, it is a very similar system to what BitTorrent has in place, which allows the service itself to run even if the main servers are shut down.
The app is also getting another security upgrade in the form of encrypted updates. To ensure that malicious code doesn’t make its way into the community, the group will use a series of cryptographic signatures for software updates.
While this type of P2P technique has been attempted by others unsuccessfully in the past, an anonymous software engineer closely involved with the project seems to think it will be Popcorn Time’s “sweetest revenge” and “biggest victory” yet.
Popcorn Time apparently has millions of users and is growing at a staggering rate of 100,000 downloads a day. With the service growing so quickly it’s clear it had to do something to protect its community, but it’s hard to imagine the Hollywood lawyers allowing this to go on for much longer.