PIRATE BAY TURNS INTO WORLD’S BIGGEST STREAMING SITE

February 10, 2016 – 5:01 am

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Thanks to the brand new Torrents-Time browser plug-in, The Pirate Bay has just transformed itself into the world’s largest streaming video portal. The popular torrent site now embeds ‘Stream It!” links next to all video torrents enabling them to be played in a window without users ever having to leave the site. By Andy of TorrentFreak.

In the beginning of February 2016, a new piece of software debuted alongside promises to revolutionize how people use torrents. Covered in an earlier article, Torrents-Time is a browser plug-in for Windows and Mac that allows people to view torrents embedded in a webpage and without need for an external torrent client.

The Torrents-Time team promised that their technology could transform any website into a simple to use streaming portal. Indeed, the first public application was Popcorntime-Online.io, a browser-based edition of Popcorn Time that for the first time used peer-to-peer transfers rather than resource hungry HTTP.

But just days later and a new and even more powerful partner has emerged.

On February 4, The Pirate Bay became the first general torrent index to utilize Torrents-Time technology. The site has now placed Torrents-Time links next to all of its video torrents, meaning that users with the plug-in can watch videos on The Pirate Bay without using a stand-alone torrent client or even leaving the page.

As illustrated in the image above the Torrents-Time links are labeled ‘Stream It! (BETA)’. Once clicked the user is given the chance (if he hasn’t done so already) to install the software. From there a popup window appears containing a video player. Clicking the ‘play’ button delivers an advert to buy a VPN which warns that IP addresses are exposed.

At this point users have the option to subscribe to a VPN for a period ranging from a day to a year or, if they prefer, they can click the ‘close’ button in the right hand corner of the advert to skip. At this point the software uses trackers, DHT and PEX in order to find other peers with the required content.

Once a number of peers have been found and enough content has been buffered, playback can begin. The player is a basic but functional affair, with the addition of subtitling and casting features for those with Chromecast, Airplay and DNLA devices to hand.

With The Pirate Bay jumping on board, Torrents-Time has received a huge shot in the arm and will probably enjoy some decent revenues too. For its part, TPB has transformed from the world’s second largest torrent site (KAT has that crown for now) into the world’s largest streaming portal.

The question now is when and if other torrent sites will find the Torrents-Time package attractive enough to jump on board.

Update: Torrentproject.se, Videomax.is and Online.porntime.ws will soon feature Torrents-Time functionality. And, according to the team, KickassTorrents will also join the club this by February 8.

“We are certain that in no time we’ll be embedded in all torrent sites who care to move-on with this evolution,” the Torrents-Time team informs TorrentFreak.

“We will allow everybody to watch any movie they wish from torrent sites who embed us, when they want, without having to store someone’s file on their hard disk. It’s ‘watching together’ or ‘Co-Watch’ technology, made possible by Torrents Time.”

Update 2: We tried and, unfortunately, the Stream It! (Beta) does not work. We were running Mac OS 10.8.5; Safari 6.0.5; Firefox 44.0. Some user tried Chrome and it also didn’t work. Hope it’s just a teething problem.

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KICKASSTORRENTS ADDS TORRENT STREAMING: EXPECT BLOODSHED, TECH DEVS WARN

On February 9, 2016, it’s reported that KickassTorrents (KAT) has implemented Torrents-Time, making it not only the world’s largest torrent site, but also the largest streaming portal too. However, while the process is pretty straightforward on Pirate Bay (users simply have to press a button marked ‘stream it’), things are a bit more confusing on KAT.

First of all, members of KAT who are actively logged into the site cannot see the feature. It’s only visible to non-members, something that usually only takes place with ads. And indeed, the KAT team confirmed to TorrentFreak that they are categorizing this as an advert.

Also, two sets of ‘streaming’ buttons exist on KAT. One relates to the Torrents-Time feature, the other does not.

The obvious ‘Stream Torrent’ button (next to the ‘Download Torrent’ button) is not the Torrents-Time feature and actually links to another service we have no official information on. It’s a big download in comparison and is almost certainly ad-related as well. For those interested in reading more, discussion here.

The Torrents-Time feature is actually the big black ‘play’ button situated under the ‘Main’ tab for each torrent. It functions in the same way as The Pirate Bay’s implementation, via a popup window carrying the same video controls.

“Kickass Torrents (Kat.cr), the biggest torrent site on Earth have embedded Torrents Time as of NOW,” the Torrents-Time (TT) team told TF in a statement.

“We launched last week and in a few days changed forever the way people use the treasures found through torrents sites, directly from their browser. It means that from today on, any user who is able to use Facebook can enjoy almost any movie or TV show that was created in this world.”

However, while the TT are optimistic, they also caution that problems lie on the horizon for this disruptive technology.

“Torrents-Time is revolutionizing the world of torrents, here and now. Because it’s a revolution, you can expect a bloodshed, like the fate of all revolutions. We already managed to get a cease and desist letter from BREIN,” the team explain.

TF reported on the BREIN complaint earlier on Feb 9.

“Because it’s the people’s revolution, a network of hundreds of millions of people who wish to consume Free Content, the people will prevail and the illegal harassment by the film and TV producers industry who claim that P2P ruins their business model will be defeated, by the people,” TT continue.

“It’s a false claim driven only by their sheer greed. P2P does not come instead of going to the cinema, watching cable or satellite, paying for VOD, buying a disk or a piece of merchandise. With P2P we make the world smaller, a people’s village where all the neighbors can watch together the staff they like.

“Torrents Time is not a pirate’s tool. It’s cool and it’s legal. We are certain it will improve the world,” they conclude.

Torrents-Time say that several other large torrent sites are also considering coming on board but some who asked not to be named have informed TF that for now they’ll be sitting on the fence to see how things go. Not all are excited by the prospect of ‘bloodshed’, at least for now.

Update: 1337x.to informs TorrentFreak that they have added Torrents-Time as well.

“We always try to keep our users happy, streaming is another way to use torrents. At this moment we do show a VPN message that Torrents-Time has, however with or without revenue we would have implemented this since it is a great solution.” - Andy of TorrentFreak

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  1. One Response to “PIRATE BAY TURNS INTO WORLD’S BIGGEST STREAMING SITE”

  2. Awhile back i downloaded something called Free Torrent viewer which enabled you to download music/old out of print albums and the like,It was affiliated with Pirate Bay. When Pirate was shut down and then came back on line after a short time it became impossible to find seeds for music downloads which was not the case earlier before the bust.Admit i’m not the most computer savvy person out there but would really want to start finding stuff again, Any advise? thanks

    By COREY M on Feb 10, 2016

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