Terrarium TV: The Best Android Movie Streaming App Faces Uncertain Future

In early 2014, Popcorn Time turned the consumer end of the piracy world upside down. Utilizing a BitTorrent backend and a beautiful interface, Popcorn Time certainly lived up to its promise of being the Netflix for Pirates. Adopted by millions of users, it soon became a household name.

In the months and years to come, Popcorn Time grabbed hundreds of headlines. However, aside from the app’s success, much of what followed was negative in tone as the entertainment industries struggled to contain this new kid on the block.

Since then, of course, Kodi and its numerous illicit third-party addons have become massive news, stepping over Popcorn Time to become the most talked about and consumer-friendly of piracy tools. In the background, however, other applications have been making steady and indeed somewhat stealthy progress.

One of these applications is Terrarium TV. Built exclusively for the Android platform and equally at home on a phone, tablet, streaming stick or set-top box, this software has gained a cult but significant following. For those out of the loop, it will be the most important piracy app they’ve never heard of, despite its Facebook page alone attracting close to 200,000 members.

In many respects, Terrarium TV resembles Popcorn Time. It has a beautiful Netflix-style interface, pulling movie and TV show artwork and metadata from several sources to make what some consider to be the best all-in-one streaming app for Android, period. While Kodi is no doubt powerful and Popcorn Time has one hell of a reputation, Terrarium TV makes viewing simplicity itself. And it really does cater to everyone.

Terrarium TV – A category for everyone

If people are worried about Popcorn Time due to its BitTorrent-based streaming, Terrarium TV has that covered. Every single stream offered by the app is conjured up from public sources such as file-hosting sites and even GoogleVideo. On the whole, streaming is of an extremely high-quality with dozens of sources offered for most content, whether that’s the latest Hollywood movies, blockbuster TV shows, or decades-old rarities.

The quality is impressive too. While 4K rips are best left to the BitTorrent crowd with bandwidth to spare, Terrarium TV manages to conjure up a bewildering range of content in an impressive array of qualities. HD is commonplace and barely a search goes by without a corresponding source alongside. And with multi-language subtitle and Chromecast support, the icing is placed on top of what is an extremely competent cake.

But despite all the accolades, Terrarium TV has an uncertain future.

Over a week ago TerrariumTV.com – the site from where the application has been seamlessly delivered for some time – suddenly disappeared without trace. There was no announcement on Facebook, no announcement on Twitter. Even the moderators on the fairly active Terrarium TV subreddit seemed to have few ideas as to what was going on.

Theories are numerous but most center around the developer, who’s resident in Asia, going on some kind of hiatus. Why that would require the Terrarium TV website to be taken down isn’t clear. Neither does it explain why the Terrarium TV site Github repo was taken down too.

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But alongside the ‘break’ theory is one that legal trouble, either actual or simply the fear of it, is what’s underlying the apparent limbo in which the app now sits. That was confirmed this week by the developer, who told one of the app’s subreddit moderators that he’d be lying low, at least for a while.

“I’ve decided to shut down the official website and maybe soon will also shut down the Github repository hosting the apk files in order to avoid any potential legal issues,” he said.

“There has been no cease and desist letters, no lawyers at the door, no seizing of the website. Ad free is not involved. It has been purely a precautionary measure. I want to take a break for a while (maybe a few weeks) first.”

After a short exchange in the summer, Terrarium TV’s developer didn’t return our recent requests for comment but if he had, we’d have certainly asked him about the future development of the app, framed around the Popcorn Time situation.

Despite many legal attacks, the open source nature of Popcorn Time allowed the project to ‘fork’ in several different directions, with various teams continuing development. Terrarium TV, on the other hand, is closed source meaning that when it’s gone, it’s possibly gone for good.

At the moment it’s still available for download from sources listed in the sidebar of its dedicated subreddit but whether the dev will decide to revisit the project again is unclear at this point. If he does not, it seems likely that the system will degrade over time although at the moment it carries out its tasks automatically, which is impressive in itself.

In the meantime, its hundreds of thousands of users will just have to cross everything – and wait.

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“They All Stink” Says Apple’s Phil Schiller About Android’s Face ID Competitors

When speaking about the competing facial recognition technologies used by Android smartphone makers, Apple’s Phil Schiller took the opportunity to stick the knife in, twist it, and then do it all over again. According to the man himself, “they all stink.”

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Samsung Note 7 Officially Discontinued After 2 months

The Samsung Note 7 has now officially been discontinued after less than 2 months on the market, Samsung have decided to call it a day on their attempt of a flagship model. Launched in August 2016, it has done nothing but hit major headlines, for all the wrong reasons.

Originally, with the explosion issues this was due to early models having a faulty / poorly made battery in them, following Samsung’s recall and replacement program. This has evidently not worked as after the last week, there have been several experiences of the phones bursting into flames or starting to smoke.

This smoking and bursting into flames is not just for the devices that were plugged in charging however, a number of reports have stated that the phones started to heat up to ridiculous temperatures even when left on the night stand overnight with a large number of people refusing to charge the devices unless they were awake and could watch them charging, to prevent being caught unawares.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung has officially axed the Note 7 project, meaning that there will be no more sales or production of the devices. A spokesperson on behalf of Samsung officially told TechCrunch: “We can confirm the report that Samsung has permanently discontinued the production of Galaxy Note 7.”

Samsung Note 7 exchange program

The Note 7 battery issues were far from minor however, with some experiments reckoning that simply minor pressure on the battery region of the device would cause it to combust. It would strike most people as obvious that these issues be discovered within pre-production models however whether they were we won’t know, Samsung has definitely lost some significant market share with this shamble of a launch. Their stock price has been fluctuation recently due to the reports of explosions hitting major newspaper headlines as well as other media sources.

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Image Source: gizmodo.com

Apple has, of course, benefited massively from Samsung’s mistake with their shares up 2% for the first time since December, whereas Samsung has had over $1.8 billion wiped off of its market value. Of course, this is pocket change for these multi-billion dollar companies however it is the principle that counts.

Did you have much luck with a Note 7 or did you decide you didn’t fancy burning down your house? Leave a comment down below letting us know you’re opinion on the matter or your experience with the device.

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Pixel And Pixel XL Phones By Google Coming To The UK

Announced today on EE’s official Twitter page, the brand new Pixel and Pixel XL phones by Google are only going to be available from EE starting out. Of course, it will be available on places such as eBay however this is definitely a major way for Google and EE to boost their sales. As EE is made up of T Mobile the connection is clear.

The brand new Pixel phones come packed with some great new technology which, Google aim will help beat the competition, mainly Samsung and Apple as they’re now running their own software, on their own hardware. Sound familiar *cough Apple*.

Sporting the new USB Type-C connector, an amazing new 12 MP camera, 4GB of RAM along with a astonishingly beautiful looking unibody with a great looking display, this device definitely has the potential to be a massive hit!

Combating the feared move over from platforms, Google have created a tool that lets people “transfer contacts, photos, videos, music, texts and even your iMessages.” The idea is you literally plug in the phones together and it will do all this, if it does that will definitely be cool and perhaps we’ll see a change in platforms from!

Google are also introducing their new fingerprint sensor, dubbed the ‘Pixel Imprint’ along with a metric tonne of other great new features.

Combined with this is the additional software extras that Google are including, attempting to truly revolutionize the Android phone platform. They’re allowing an unlimited, full resolution backup plan for all Pixel users so your photos are safely stored in the Cloud. As many, for as long as, you like. iCloud, take note!

Also, unlike normal with Android where you have to wait for your network operator to release the software update, Google are making a ground breaking step within the Android platform to allow the updates to come straight from them via OTA packages, which means Pixel users will now always have the latest and greatest in software.

This is just a tiny taster of what’s now available including 24 hour live video tech support, astonishingly large batteries, fast charging, Virtual Reality compatibility and more, could this be the next flagship?

Leave a comment down below if you think this is going to be your next daily driver. If not, why? If you want to see more in-depth articles about the Pixel let us know!

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How To Find and Delete Everything You’ve Ever Said to Google Now

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Use Cabinet to Manage Files on Your Android Device

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