Popcorn Time has been called the Netflix for pirated movies, but it requires the installation of a desktop application. Not anymore. Now thanks to a site called Popcorn Time In Your Browser you’re just a couple of clicks away from watching a pirated movie stream.
The in-browser app works much like the desktop version, remotely streaming torrent files from YTS through Coinado. Users do not need to install anything, and from what I can tell, the torrent files are never stored locally on the user’s machine. Just click on a title, wait a few seconds and bam, a pirated movie starts playing.
Right now the service is hit or miss. Sometimes the files play and sometimes they do not. The site uses a power combo of available services, so expect more sites like this to appear.
Torrent streaming services like Popcorn Time have always existed in a legal gray area. On one hand, a viewer isn’t downloading the movie to his computer, yet is still watching something that clearly wasn’t paid for.
Popcorn Time hitting the browser was the next logical step for the open source project. Apps for other platforms are already available from several forks of the original project. Since its launch a year ago Popcorn Time has exploded into a global force that’s likely out of Hollywood’s reach given its open source nature.