Popcorn Time is a free and open source software which lets users stream videos and movies directly from torrent sites, without the hassle of downloading them first. Its clients are already available for Mac, PC, Linux and Android, but the developers have hinted to iPhoned.nl that their iOS app is coming out in just a few days.
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That’s great news for Apple TV users because the app will be AirPlay compatible, and that means you’ll be able to stream torrent movies directly to your Apple TV via the app.
However, it is surprising to see that an app which deals mostly with pirated and illegal content has managed to get past the Apple editors. The dev confirmed that the Popcorn Time app will be available via the AppStore and not on Cydia, which is odd when compared to a similar but more promising scenario of XBMC (now Kodi).
Also, despite the fact that they were forced to take down their service this March, they claim that “This PopcornTime service will never be taken down.” This leads us to speculate that the team has come across some loopholes to bring out the service as legal.
The app was scheduled to be released sometime during this weekend but isn’t available as of Monday morning. We’ll keep you posted but until then, you can check Popcorn Time for other operating systems here.
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Popcorn Time uses the same API as Bitorrent and hence, downloading a torrent file means you’re also sharing (seeding) it which may be deemed as illegal in some regions. Please act wisely.