Popcorn Time Review

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Popcorn Time Review
Rating4 Stars
FeaturesPopcorn Time Software
Torrent Movie Player
Was Popular
Editor’s Note: As of January 1, 2022, Popcorn Time has shutdown. The review below is kept for historical purposes.

Popcorn Time enables users to stream movies with bittorrent, in much the same fashion—or at least using a similar interface—as they would using a subscription movie service. Popcorn Time runs on several platforms which includes:

  • Android – 4.03 and above
  • AndroidTV – 5.0 and above
  • Windows – 7 and above
  • MacOS – 10.7 and above
  • iOS
  • Linux 32 and 64 Bit

The biggest advantage of this program is the interface, which is very easy to use and which looks a lot like subscription service interfaces. Anyone who’s used one of those services should have no problems figuring out Popcorn Time. However, please be reminded that downloading copyrighted material may be illegal in your country. Use at your own risk.

There are also several different forks of this program available including versions that include extensions for Firefox, Chrome and Smart TV devices. There are also versions designed to work with television programs. However, unlike before, they no longer publish the source code on Github. You can download existing codes from their website.

Its previous website is no longer active but this program is now available on two other websites:

Popcorn Time’s main features include the following:

  • Free Movie application – constantly searches the web for best torrents from important sites
  • Huge Catalogue – ready to stream full HD movies and TV shows
  • Instant Playback – no wait or download time. Instantly play your favorite shows.
  • Unrestricted – watch movies and tv shows as many times as you want
  • Casting Features – using Apple TV, Chromecast or DLNA, you can easily cast movies or episodes from your device to your big screen
  • Subtitled & Dubbed Movies – in multiple languages

The lates version of PopcornTime based on their website is 6.1. Please note however, that based on our research, PopcornTime has been in constant scrutiny over piracy issues. Over several years, they have encountered several legal issues due to copyrighted content.

Better than XBMC?

Popcorn time can stream directly from torrents, which XBMC cannot do natively.

However, there is an extension for XMBC that allows users to enjoy the same functionality from within that program.

While Popcorn Time does have some conveniences that XMBC may not, it doesn’t quite hold up to what XMBC offers, particularly in the way of options such as subtitles. It’s definitely a cool program, but XMBC still edges it out in several regards.

What it Does Offer

Popcorn Time is very easy to use. You don’t have to look up a source for whatever you want to stream. It plays it right away for you, eliminating the need to wait for files to download.

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The program is easy to install, which also makes it advantageous for users who may not be that experienced with such programs. However, there is a hazard in that inexperience that users should be aware of before they start using Popcorn Time, or any other program like it, for that matter.

The Privacy Issue

One of the newest forks for Popcorn Time comes with a built-in VPN that’s designed to protect user anonymity. We tested this VPN and did not get confidence building results. In our testing, it did not perform as it should to provide privacy.

Popcorn Time is a cool program that will definitely appeal to a lot of users out there. If you’re going to use this, however, we definitely recommend that you get a VPN service to protect your anonymity. The free service included with some versions of this program is just not reliable enough and, with copyright trolls always patrolling for someone to harass, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re protected as much as possible.

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