February 9, 2016 - 13:03 AMT
The Pirate Bay's new feature makes it an illegal Netflix competitor

The Pirate Bay is now a competitor to Netflix, albeit an illegal one, thanks to its latest feature, Digital Spy reveals.

The infamous torrent service is allowing users to stream content straight from its website with the help of a browser plugin called TorrentTime.

Available for Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox on PC and Mac, TorrentTime makes it possible to watch movies and TV shows directly from Pirate Bay, without the help of a torrent application like BitTorrent.

Copyright holders and anti-piracy groups around the world have attempted to sink the Pirate Bay, and its official web address has been blocked in a number of countries, including the UK.

However, proxy servers and other workaround solutions have kept it afloat, while the authorities have been drawn into a game of whack-a-mole with the multiple IP addresses it has at its disposal.

One of the filesharing platform's main rivals, Kickass Torrents, is also rumoured to be adding video-streaming capabilities.

But the introduction of on-site streaming makes the Pirate Bay a competitor to legitimate video subscription services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime.