Illegal Netflix Alternative, Popcorn Time, Is Now Dead

The platform was discontinued because people are "no longer" interested in it.


Piracy is still one of the biggest competitors to leading OTT platforms like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon despite strict laws and regulations. However, necessary steps are being taken to take down websites that deal with piracy. One such website dealing with pirating Netflix shows called Popcorn Time has been shut down today.

First originated in 2014, the app instantly became a hit among websites that dealt with pirated content. Due to legal issues, the app’s creators abandoned the website, but as it was an open-source project, other developers used the code, and new app versions were released.

The developer of the app, in 2015, told Bloomberg, “The service wasn’t responsible for piracy because it didn’t host any stolen material itself. Instead, the software offered a link to computers worldwide hosting the content through the file-sharing system BitTorrent. The torrent world is here with millions of users way before us and will be here with BILLIONS of users way after us.”

The platform bid its fans adieu with a goodbye poster that contains Google Trends data that shows the worldwide interest for the “Popcorn Time” keyword over the last seven years.

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Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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