The official project gets new life through a new version that includes TV series. They also announced that they now have a team of 20 developers. Is this the future of TV?
The development process of Popcorn Time has been covered extensively here at Geektime. It is undoubtedly the world’s pirated version of Netflix, where users for the first time were able to intelligently use BitTorrent to watch quality movies in 720p/1080p and choose their preferred subtitle language while watching. However, the official team that began the app’s development jumped ship on March 15 following claims of copyright infringement from film studios, and then, after publishing an open source application, dozens of users developed some competition and tried to revive the project itself.
The rise, fall and rise again – no more
Some of these groups succeeded: first, a group from Yify, which heads the main source of torrents for the project, announced that it would take command of Popcorn Time. Then it got a number of competitors such as Time4Popcorn, which offered support for the TV series; XBMCTorrent , which existed long before Popcorn Time; and Zona, which allows users to watch TV, direct sports broadcasts and listen to radio. Undoubtedly, much to the chagrin of the major movie studios, the vision of Popcorn Time continued to be alive and kicking, although the Yify team could not ultimately succeed in holding the official development of the project life.
But all that’s going to change really soon: an official statement released by the original development team declared they “reinvigorated” the project’s official open source. After a series of articles in Geektime, which reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world, Popcorn Time’s development team contacted me on their official Twitter account and turned my attention to the announcement published on the official Popcorn Time site. Although the blog address comes from the address get-popcorn.com not from getpopcornti.me which was the first address of the official distribution of Popcorn Time, I have good reason to believe that it is the official sequel to Popcorn Time.
New version in the coming days, including TV series and a new user interface
So what did they really say there? First of all, they tell us about the expansion of the development team. While the official team was composed of a single digit numbers, the current team boasts 20 active developers who now work on the project, of which 5 are principles of the original, revolutionary user interface. They said version 0.3 (the current version is 0.2.9) is under development, and includes official support for TV series. Its screen shots can be found on the network (the main UI is shown at the beginning of the post). According to the publication, other than the television series, added features should make the user experience more convenient (Favorites, List View), together with a new settings screen – and of course bug fixes and improvements in application performance.
The new age of Popcorn Time will also include ways to communicate with the development team of the project, offer ideas and report bugs. Users can contact the team through their Facebook Account (coming soon), Twitter account, blog, IRC account and of course through GitHub. Unlike the various teams that tried to take the open source project under their responsibility (Yify, developers at isra17 and jduncanator) but eventually broke under the pressure, the new team of Popcorn Time is here to stay: “We are fully aware of the legal consequences and we are not afraid. We care about people and the community and we are here long term. We are proud to continue the Popcorn Time project as it was first introduced.”
We conclude with a warning, as noted in the last post on Popcorn Time, and in other publications such as TechCrunch: Using Time4Popcorn.eu can be dangerous. The main reason for this is that Time4Popcorn took the open source project, closed it and spread it again (to include Android versions and support Chromecast). Although they are allowed to because it is an open source project, in reality it isn’t as simple as that, and there are suspicions that this is in fact a software designed to steal personal information from your computer. Further reading of reasons – here.
In summary, you could say that the new development team at Popcorn Time certainly infuses us with hope for the future program. I hope, that cable companies begin to understand that this is a successful model – the ultimate goal is not to steal content without regard to copyright, but to show these companies that the community can get along without the cable companies. If these companies were coming out with a model VOD separate fee like Netflix, that had a monthly fee for access to a large library of films and series, I am sure all of us would gladly pay a few tens of dollars a month for such a service. I call on the cable companies to take the open-source project of Popcorn Time and do something with it themselves.
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- Free movie service Popcorn Time is available for download again
- Stream movies from Popcorn Time on Chromecast
- Popcorn Time Updated with 37 languages and faster streaming
- Not only free movies: Popcorn Time adds TV Series
- It happened: there is an alternative to Popcorn Time and it is even better