There’s a reason why movie piracy hasn’t been either as widespread or disruptive as piracy in such areas as music or even pornography: Doing it is hard, and time-consuming, and not everyone knows how to do it. Popcorn Time has been talked up as a legitimate challenger, but it still hasn’t gained anything resembling the ubiquity of, say, Napster back in 1999.
Popcorn in Your Browser, a movie streaming site that brought a Popcorn Time-like interface, brought that to the web browser for the first time. Had it succeeded and lasted, it could have really put a dent in Netflix and other streaming services, if not Hollywood itself. At least, until the lawsuits started.
However, Popcorn in Your Browser ended up enjoying a lifespan of about three days. This message is now posted to the site:
Popcorn in Your Browser is no more. It relied on the free trial of remote torrenting service Coinado.io, which I used to stream YIFY torrents to an HTML5 video tag. This site went viral and seems to have completely overwhelmed Coinado’s servers, who in turn promptly discontinued the free trial. It was fun while it lasted – cheers!
So farewell, Popcorn in Your Browser- until the next version of the same thing, that is.