Popcorn Time, the Netflix of pirate torrents, headed to Android soon


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Controversial streaming "service" Popcorn Time could be on its way to Android tomorrow. The program, currently available for Mac, PC, and Linux, is an easy way for users to view pirated content without needing to manually mess around with downloading torrents. 

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Popcorn Time has been called the Netflix of pirated content thanks to its slick interface and headache-free approach to watching video via torrents, legal or otherwise. What's more, the torrented content is often available almost immediately after it is first shown, bypassing the lengthy delays frequently found with TV shows and movies. If the Android app is anything like the desktop program, Popcorn Time will allow users to stream last night's episode of Game of Thrones with little fuss, which should help it turn heads—in ways both good and bad. 

TechCrunch recently spoke to the developers of the service, who mentioned the impending Android app. Based off a fork of the software, the Popcorn Time app for Android should launch tomorrow if all goes according to plan.

When it does arrive, Popcorn Time will join the many Android applications found that allow the streaming of pirated content. Google itself has cracked down on piracy apps in the past, purging them when it sees fit, but it'll be interesting to see if any action is taken—or if Popcorn Time even hits the Google Play Store to begin with. The app could be released in direct download form on the Popcorn Time website to skirt any potential Google queasiness.  

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