We’ve decided to strip all torrents from the website. The search remains, you can still do watchlists (including with your friends), you can still watch trailers and see related movies.
There are several reasons behind that change, and none of these are related to legal pressures of any kind.
The first reason is that we (the movies.io team) decided to move on with our lives and work on other projects. We can’t dedicate as much time to maintain movies.io as we used to.
The torrent codebase was a complicated piece, and it was fickle, often requiring small fixes because of changes in our providers or simply because the server was overloaded by the sheer number of requests.
The second reason is that the site had become ridden with fake torrents containing potentially dangerous files - and we cannot let that continue. It could be fixed with active policing or better algorithms to weed them out, but currently we have time for neither.
There are plenty of websites out there that should fit your needs - ask around if you need help. Movies.io was always about the community, it was built on love and we hope it has helped spreading it a little bit. (High-five if you’ve used movies.io to organize a movie night!).
We’ll remember all of you fondly, and if you don’t mind, pay us a visit now and then, for old time’s sake.
Yesterday night, we deployed one of the biggest upgrades to movies.io to date. Here’s a (hopefully) comprehensive list of changes that happened:
You can watch movies with subtitles now. In the movie player page, there’s a “CC” (closed captions) button that you can use to choose the language of the subtitles.
Not every torrent has subtitles for every language, but the choice is quite good, and for every movie we tried, they were in sync. We look up subtitles on opensubtitles, and convert them to UTF-8, so it should work with every language. We might run into issues due to the volume of requests though, so bear with us - consider subtitles a “beta” feature!
The topbar is leaner and cleaner. It displays more information, though! The little cloud is a link to your put.io account, and it displays the progress of the last transfer. Next to it is your available space on put.io, both in text and with a handy bar. The rest of the bar is cleaner and generally easier to work with. ‘Loves’ is gone, but don’t worry, we still love you!
Notifications can be viewed inline. No need to go to your notifications page to see them, you can just click on the flag and see a list of the 5 most recent notifications from any movies.io page at all. Also, you get notifications when movies have finished downloading!
The transfers are now easier to understand. Previously, progress between 0 and 80% showed the actual downloading, and from 80% to 100%, showed converting to a browser-friendly format (H264). Now, the progress bar shows the downloading process, and the converting process is shown in place of the ‘Watch’ button. Note that you can still download a movie to your computer even if it’s not finished converting, if you prefer to watch it with a desktop media player such as VLC.
The movie page has been subtly improved. It still shows the same information as before, but the IMDb/TMDb/Netflix links are now only one click away (instead of being buried in a hidden section), and the most popular related watchlists are displayed. It’s one more step towards discoverability of great movies!
Watchlists have been redesigned. The RSS are now just links instead of a confusing drop-down. You can see who’s following the watchlist, and who’s collaborating on it. Suggestions of movies to add to this watchlist are made from the current content of the watchlist.
And last but not least, the story view has been completed overhauled, making your watchlists almost works of art. (You should check out that watchlist by the way: Real girls love real movies)
That’s it for now! We hope you enjoy all these changes, and if you’re still reading, let me ask you a question: we’ve been handing out movies.io stickers recently. Should we make more and organize sticker give-aways in different countries? Also, would anyone buy movies.io t-shirts? We’re not looking to make profit here, it would cost either just as much as producing + shipping them, or a little more to give to charity (EFF, Child’s Play, etc.). Let us know!
In our quest to make movies.io the best hub for movie lovers, we’ve rolled out two significant improvements today. The first one is better movie suggestions. Whereas we previously took our data from TMDb, similar movies are now powered by RottenTomatoes.
See for example the suggestions for Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.
The search should now also be faster, give better results, and the search page is prettier!
We’ll keep you posted on further updates to make the website even more convenient for day-to-day movie search & evaluation. Expect us!
New featured short: Deadside!
This week, the spotlight is on Deadside, the pilot of a web series produced by David Di Muro on a crowd-sourced $5000 budget.
Set in Sydney, Australia, Deadside follows the story of a young British girl named Sara whose life is thrown into turmoil when a mysterious man named Boli Shah starts pursuing her. She is eventually drawn into a mysterious world of Voodoo, ancient mysticism, martial arts and the Yakuza gangster underworld. Sara is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior known as Ogunte, who must stop Baron Samedi, Guardian of the Dead, from crossing his armies over from Deadside into the world of the living.
We are very much looking forward to the rest of Season 1, and we’ll hope movies.io fans will be among the many supporters to make it happen. Don’t hesitate to drop by their VODO page to donate any amount you like.
It’s been a while since our last announcement, but we haven’t been slacking off.
Today, a little feature announcement: in the next 48h, movie pages will start featuring trailers in different languages. For example, here’s the (hilarious) italian trailer for No Country For Old Men:
Tu non capisci!
We’ve also made a lot of changes that are not immediately visible - optimizations, cleanups, etc. The site should be a bit faster, but otherwise, all this is a preparation for our next big move.
We are building a complete marketplace for filmmakers where they’ll be able to sell their movie or TV series, along with goodies. We’re pouring a lot of efforts into that to deliver a solution of the quality that one would expect from the movies.io brand!
Still a work in progress!
If you’re interested in being part of the beta for content creators, send us a kind word at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we might just let you in!
As for all the movie fans out there, we are pleased to announce that by welcoming filmmakers we’ll have some dope exclusive content to present you, and if things go well you’ll even be able to support financially the creators you love!
P.S: Our Facebook page is nearing 1000 likes, and we have a little surprise when we reach that magical number. Share it now! => https://www.facebook.com/moviesio