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Popcorn Time’s Creator Wanted To Make A Streaming Service For His Mom

 

The biggest advantage of illegal video streaming service Popcorn Time is arguably that it’s easy to use. The app — which is so influential that VOD service Netflix considers it a serious competitor— employs the same BitTorrent protocols that have been used to pirate movies and TV shows for years, but wraps them in a sleek user interface, minimizing confusion and lending the enterprise an air of legitimacy. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that Popcorn Time’s creator — an Argentinian designer and programmer named Federico Abad — built the software with his mother in mind.

In a fantastic interview with Abad by Norwegian paper Dagens Naeringsliv, the 29-year-old says he was frustrated by having to wait as long as six months to see new movies, and that the usual pirating experience was too messy — full of pop-ups and porn ads. Instead, he used his mother as a case study, designing a program that she would find easy to use. His guiding principle? Anyone should be able to start watching the movie they want in just two clicks.

Read the entire story here.

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