Popcorn Time for Android pulled from Google Play, now a direct download

Popcorn Time for Android pulled from Google Play, now a direct download

Pirated video streaming app Popcorn Time is now available on Android. The app made a brief appearance on Google Play before it was quickly pulled down by Google for “intellectual property violation.” The app is now available to download directly from its website.

If you’re unfamiliar with Popcorn Time, the app works much like Netflix but costs nothing. That’s because the videos in Popcorn Time are pirated and streamed using BitTorrent technology. While BitTorrent is completely legal, the content it provides is stolen.

The Android app works like its desktop counterparts. Movies and TV posters are displayed in a grid for easy browsing, like Netflix. Videos take a few minutes to begin playing but the app does work, even in this beta version.

Popcorn Time brags that it’s a service that “will never be taken down” but its hard to imagine it getting away with flagrantly pirating movies and shows.

Those who want to check out the app for “research” can do so at www.time4popcorn.eu. Installing Popcorn Time for Android requires side-loading, which defeats one of Android’s security features.

Via: TechCrunch

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