Here’s how to BitTorrent movies on your Apple TV

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Popcorn Time is a fantastic — albeit questionably legal — Mac app that allows you to treat BitTorrent like Netflix, searching for movies and TV shows on sites like The Pirate Bay that you want to watch and then streaming them directly to your computer.

It’s a great app, but it has at least one glaring problem: You can’t stream a movie over Popcorn Time directly to your Apple TV using AirPlay. Luckily, thanks to a new Mac app, you can.

Called TorrenTV, this open-source app allows you to drag-and-drop any torrent file from your desktop right to a special widget that will beam it to your Apple TV.

In some ways, it’s like a combination of Popcorn Time and Beamer. Unlike Popcorn Time, though, there’s no index of files you can choose from. You’ll instead know where to find and add torrents on the Web yourself.

In an interview with TorrentFreak, TorrenTV developer Carlos says: “Popcorn Time is beautiful in code and in looks but I wanted to do two things that PopcornTime didn’t allow me, watch movies directly on my TV and add new torrents which Popcorn Time doesn’t have yet.”

I’ve tried it, and it’s a pretty killer app. Popcorn Time may not have the ability to stream to Apple TV, but thanks to this app, that doesn’t really matter anymore.

Even better, TorrenTV isn’t just a Mac affair. It’s also available for Windows and Linux. You can download it for yourself here.

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