May 13, 2014

Popcorn Time 0.3 Released With TV Series Support, New User Interface, Other Major New Features

Popcorn Time, an open source Netflix-style torrent streaming application for Linux, Windows and Mac which is quite popular these days, was updated to version 0.3 beta recently, bringing some major improvements such as TV series support, new user interface, user settings, bookmarks and more.

The application allows users to stream movies (with subtitles) and TV series starting with the new 0.3 version, at no cost, making it illegal in many countries so make sure you read the disclaimer before using Popcorn Time!

The most interesting new features in Popcorn Time 0.3 beta:

  • TV Series support;

  • brand new interface;

  • user settings: set language, enable/disable subtitles for a language by default (along with the subtitle size), change the TV Show API, etc.;

  • bookmarks;

  • more codecs are supported;

  • new languages;

  • rebranded player;

  • keyboard shortcuts;

  • many other smaller features: watch trailer before playing a movie, display the download speed and number of peers, etc.

Also, the developers have done a "huge code refactory aiming to make Popcorn Time more modular" and of course, many bugs were fixed.

The playback issue with Popcorn Time on Ubuntu 32bit was fixed in this release. Also, the missing issue was fixed but it brought the reverse of that issue: those who are using libudev0 need to create a symbolic link to point to libudev1 (for instance, Ubuntu 12.04 is affected by this issue - for a work-around, see below).

Here are a few Popcorn TIme 0.3.0 screenshots:

Popcorn Time 0.3 Ubuntu
Popcorn Time 0.3.0 - favorites

Popcorn Time 0.3 Ubuntu
Popcorn Time 0.3.0 - TV Shows

Download Popcorn Time

Download Popcorn Time for Linux, Windows or Mac (to download the binaries, click the Popcorn Time website at the top of the GitHub page)

Ubuntu users: to use Popcorn time, extract the downloaded archive, then double click the "Popcorn-Time" file.

Ubuntu 12.04 users: Popcorn Time needs libudev1 to start - as a work-around, use the following command:

- 32bit:

sudo ln -s /lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /lib/i386-linux-gnu/

- 64bit:

sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

If you encounter bugs (chances are you will, since the latest release comes with some major new features), report them @ GitHub.

It's also important to note that the script for building Popcorn Time from source in Ubuntu doesn't work with the latest Popcorn Time 3.

via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog