You’ve heard of Netflix but have you heard about Popcorn Time? Jacob Siegal:
If you’ve been keeping track of streaming services over the past year, Popcorn Time has undoubtedly been on your radar. This questionably legal app allows users to stream movies and TV shows directly from torrent files online through a slick user interface, avoiding the bothersome downloads and the unsavory advertisements that accompany most torrent sites.
Hmmm. Sounds like competition for Netflix.
And Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is well aware of the competition. As Wired reminds us, Hastings referred to Popcorn Time by name after stating that “piracy continues to be one of our biggest competitors” in a note to investors earlier this year.
I suspect that most people don’t understand that downloading and viewing TV shows and movies via any of the Popcorn versions is just as illegal as Netflix is legal.