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Free Software Streams New Movies, Threatens Entertainment Industry

A new software called Popcorn Time allows users to stream movies for free, illegally. (Emmanuel Tabard/Flickr)

A new software called Popcorn Time allows users to stream movies for free, illegally. (Emmanuel Tabard/Flickr)

Remember a decade ago, when the only way to get music on your computer was to download it illegally? Before Spotify, bBefore iTunes radio, before Pandora.

Napster shook up the music industry in dramatic ways, and now there’s a new technology out there that is poised to do the same thing for the television and film industry.

It’s called Popcorn Time.

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Hiawatha Bray, technology writer at The Boston Globe. He tweets at @GlobeTechLab.

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The Boston Globe: New Software Could Broaden Illegal Movie Viewing

  • “My wife and I pay $8 a month for Netflix, $79 a year for Amazon Prime — soon to be $99 — and another $100 or so a month for cable. Yet we still can’t see whatever we want, whenever we want it. To do that, we’d have to become criminals. I plan to resist the temptation. But thanks to a remarkable new piece of software, many others will likely not.”

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