Watching Pirated Content Just Got Easier; Showbox Adds Streaming Music

A new plugin called Torrents Time makes it easier for users of The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites to stream pirated content directly to their desktops. Released to beta earlier this month, the plugin runs inside most popular browsers and eliminates the need to download any content. In addition to options to get the torrent or download, users seeking ripped content will also get the option to “Stream It!” in a YouTube-like video player.

Torrents Time says it was designed to “fully support and enhance the needs of users on video streaming, downloads and torrents websites” while also allowing site operators to “maximize the value” of their properties. “By harnessing the incredible abilities of torrents, you can transform your website, in a matter of seconds, to an amazing, simple-to-use streaming website,” according to the site. “With Torrents Time you'll be able to, for the first time, generate more revenue than with any other monetization company while putting a stop to annoying ads and other obtrusive monetization attempts that disturb your users and hurt their user experience!”

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The Verge is reporting that Torrents Time was developed by the team behind the Popcorn Time app. Currently the plugin has been installed on Popcorn Time’s web offshoot Popcorn-Time.se, The Pirate Bay and a few other minor sites. Kickass Torrents, a popular rival to Pirate Bay, is expected to integrate the plugin soon.

One of Popcorn Time’s main rivals, Showbox, has also been busy. According to TorrentFreak, the Android-only mobile app for movies and TV has begun experimenting with streaming music. Now, in addition to Movies and TV Shows, the app’s menu contains a Music button that leads to a wide-ranging catalog of albums and songs. Acting like a streaming service, the app’s music section allows users to shuffle tracks, build playlists and share with friends. Naturally, there is also an option to download the pirated content directly to devices. Currently unknown: Showbox's source for all this music. Also unclear: How rights holders will respond.