Soda Player is an ambitious, free and open-source software project that aims to simplify user experience when it comes to watching movies from torrents. Instead of downloading the videos with a typical BitTorrent client, this utility eliminates that barrier and directly plays streaming videos. Those of you who have tried Popcorn Time are surely familiar with this concept.
Wrapped in a clean and modern interface, Soda Player keeps things simplified for users who just want to enjoy watching a favorite movie or TV show. It's not encumbered with advanced features (not for the moment, at least).
Play movies from magnet links, torrent files, and local content
Besides the fact that it's designed to quickly play magnet links and torrent files, the application can play local audio tracks and videos files. In fact, once you reach the main window, you are faced with two self-explanatory options that can be clicked to make it your default BitTorrent and video player.
Support for DHT, PEX, UDP trackers is available, along with other technologies borrowed from BitTorrent, in order to boost streaming speed. Special emphasis is put on privacy protection since Soda Player is capable of masking your IP address from other peers and agents over the BitTorrent network. This is all possible thanks to an integrated SOCKS5 proxy client.
Auto-retrieves matching subs in your language
Furthermore, the BitTorrent player can automatically retrieve matching subtitles in your language (powered by OpenSubtitles.org). It's not exactly specific concerning the supported filetypes but it promises to play HD formats like HEVC/H.265, WebM and H.264.
In addition to Windows, Soda Player is available for Mac, Chromecast and AppleTV. The project is currently in beta development stage, which means that bugs and stability issues are not excluded. In fact, it had some trouble playing torrent movies in our tests, taking a very long time to stream content or failing altogether (in some cases, it was just faster to use a BitTorrent client).