Was the glee of the people premature? After particularly large media exposure, which intensified especially in the last days, the link to download the software Popcorn Time , an open source project that offered users the opportunity to browse and watch full movies direct piping using the bittorrent protocol, fell from the air. The Departments of copyright for file-sharing sites Kim Dotcom and MEGA removed the link for violating their Terms of Service. Now, developers will be forced to look for new versions of software, which have been available so far for download for Mac, Windows and Linux users.
For further reading on Popcorn Time see:
- Free movie service Popcorn Time is available for download again
- Popcorn Time updated with 37 languages and faster streaming
Popcorn Time confirmed this in its Twitter account a short while ago and said that it is working diligently to find a hosting site as soon as it finds another that will store its files to download the software. Most likely, this is not the end of the project nor will it stop the development process, but it is a small impedance that is likely to only affect users who want to download the software in the coming hours. Also, certainly no shortage of people who downloaded the software will be able to share it themselves using various file storage sites, or other file sharing protocols such as BitTorrent, for example.
Popcorn Time was founded by an Argentine designer called Sebastian from Buenos Aires, along with several colleagues and plenty of help from the community of open source. Popcorn Time is unique in that it also looks good visually, is simple to operate and allows viewing hundreds of current movies especially, in seconds, for free, to an audience which is not necessarily technological. Click – View without making additional unnecessary operations.
Its service, which has received a lot of media coverage in recent days, could provoke the wrath of the big studios and present the issue of copyright ridicule, by allowing anyone who pleases to access friendly interface and simply watch in HD every movie he wanted immediately. All users have to do is choose which movie they want to watch through the catalog offered in the software, double-click it to start playing it, choose what quality they want to watch it (720p, 1080p) and select the subtitle language of their choice (Hebrew, for now is still not supported).
The biggest irony in this story is that the company who removed the site, Kim Dotcom, does not exactly follow the copyright laws , which is the opposite of what we would expect from them because of what we thought about MEGA so far. Could Kim Dotcom have decided to fold because of pressure from various organizations? Maybe, but more likely is that it was automatically removed as a result of reports of different users for piracy and violations of the site. Anyway, new links are likely to emerge in the coming hours and we will be there of course to update.
So flows the Popcorn Time to Chromecast
This is a little trick, but brilliant. Because Popcorn Time is actually a software -based browser, when you begin to stream any movie using the software, the server is actually streaming on your computer, so that users on the other side watching the same movie see it through you, since this is basically the principle behind Popcorn Time – Sharing and streaming movies using the BitTorrent protocol. All you need to do to stream the movie to Chromecast, is the three simple steps:
One. Started to watch a movie of your choice using Popcorn Time.
Two. Start the browser, ensure the browser has the Google Cast plugin installed on your Chrome. Why? Recall, using the plugin will inject the Chrome browser directly to your TV.
Three. Enter the following url: http://127.0.0.1:8888. The browser will take you to a kind of embedded player, through which you can play and watch a movie on a private server created on your computer. All you have to do then is click on the icon of the Google Plugin Cast and stream it to the TV tab on your private. Enjoy!