Popcorn Time suddenly went offline last year with the Motion Picture Association of America claiming it had successfully shut down the service by catching the people behind it. Now, it’s suddenly back from the dead.
The original app suddenly started functioning again today — and received an update titled “Hail Hydra” with a number of bug fixes.
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What’s strange, however, is that nobody seems to know who is behind the updated app.
Torrentfreak talked to the original team, which claimed to have nothing to do with the revived app — and are still actively being sued by the MPAA.
It’s entirely possible (though unlikely) that the MPAA could be trying to use the app as a honeypot to track movie pirates.
hey internets, apparently @MPAA thinks we're dead, are we ?
— Popcorn Time (@popcorntimetv) November 4, 2015
The updated version only makes minimal changes — using the new ‘legal’ Butter engine the team had originally created for getting access to movies and removing the premium VPN option from the app. It also allows you to customize where the torrents are actually sourced from.
For now, proceed with caution. Given that it’s unclear who’s really in control here, it’s probably safer to use other options.