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Popcorn Time, the Piracy App That Spooked Netflix, Shuts Down

The tool made stealing movies and TV shows a little too easy and drew fury from Hollywood.

Popcorn Time, the once-popular app that made watching pirated movies and television shows almost as easy as using Netflix, shut down.

The app debuted in 2014 and within a year became one of the most popular services for accessing illegal video content. In 2015, Netflix Inc. warned investors about the rise of Popcorn Time in a financial report, and Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings declared, “Piracy continues to be one of our biggest competitors.”