Linux News Today: Introducing Stremio, a More Complete and Powerful Popcorn Time Alternative
Stremio is an application built with Electron that streams and plays movies, TV shows, Youtube channels, and TV channels, from torrents. Sounds familiar?
The idea behind Popcorn Time was a sound one, so it stands to reason that there are other developers out there willing to give it a try. Stremio is built with Electron, and it’s been around for a while, but it’s not all that famous. It’s trying to go far beyond what Popcorn Time was doing, and so far, it seems to have managed.
It’s important to note that using Stremio is illegal in some states, it’s grey in others, and legal in a few. Streaming torrents is the main reason Popcorn Time was taken down by the entertainment industry, so Stremio is bound to face the same kind of opposition, sooner or later.
Stremio has even more options than Popcorn Time
Just like Popcorn Time, Stremio comes with clients for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The Linux version is just an archive that contains the working application, so no installation is necessary.
As I mentioned above, movies, TV shows, Youtube channels, and TV channels are offered, which is always something different from Popcorn Time. The application also automatically downloads subtitles and can even cast the content to AppleTV, Chromecast, Smart TV (via DLNA), and mobile devices.
Another novelty is the support for add-ons, and a few are already available and can bring even more content to users. The only kicker is that the application is not open source, just free. The source code is not available, but it already has a GitHub entry that’s used only for add-ons.
We’ve already seen what happens when a popular application is shut down, but the source code survives, and it’s not a pretty sight. Stremio seems to be doing a good job of staying alive, so it’s likely we’ll see more of it in the near future.