Just 4 days ago we published an article for a new piece of software called Popcorn Time, using downloadable torrents to allow users to stream good quality content instead of downloading it from a torrent site, Popcorn Time was aimed to be the Netflix for downloadable torrents.
I need to put emphasis on the word “was” in that last statement, as the app has now been shut down, just 4 days after its initially release the creators of the app revealed the news earlier today, posting the news on the front page of their website.
“Popcorn Time is shutting down today. Not because we ran out of energy, commitment, focus or allies. But because we need to move on with our lives.
Our experiment has put us at the doors of endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love. And that’s not a battle we want a place in.”
To be honest this is not something we didn’t expect, after the surge of attention this application got, it was bound to fail at one point or another, despite the developer’s previous claims that the service shouldn’t run into any legal issues, it seems it may have been pushed out by a number of companies .
“Popcorn Time as a project is legal. We checked. Four Times.
But, as you may know, that’s rarely enough. Our huge reach gave us access to a lot of people, from newspapers to the creators of many sites and apps that had a huge global reach. We learned a lot from these people, especially that standing against an old fashioned industry has it’s own associated costs. Costs that no one should have to pay in any way, shape or form.” The post continued.
So it looks like Popcorn Time is gone for good, or is it? As Popcorn Time was an open source project, anyone could theoretically bring it back, however if anyone decides to do so is another matter.
Source: Popcorn Time