Popcorn Time Review | Is Popcorn Time Safe in 2020?

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Popcorn Time has been here for long and being a controversial software; it has got immense popularity in recent years. The software is available for free on multiple platforms, and beside the fact that Popcorn Time is not safe, it is famous worldwide. The blog post takes a look at Popcorn Time, and see what it is and what can you do to stay safe.


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Popcorn Time Review

What is Popcorn Time?

Popcorn Time is a multi-platform free torrent client and video player. Popcorn Time is used to watch movies and TV shows for free. The app streams torrent content and it allows you to watch on your device. Popcorn Time is a controversial software because of its methods of using torrent methods to provide content.

Video

Before we move on, let’s watch this Popcorn Time review video on PC. The video covers the basic features and how Popcorn Time works.


Platforms

Popcorn Time is available for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. The app is not available on the official stores, but installation is straightforward.

PC

Popcorn Time Interface
Popcorn Time Interface

The software can be downloaded from the official website. The setup size is 56 MB, and it occupies about 208 MB of storage. The software is easy to use, as you get the popular videos on the home page. We have an option to switch between movies and TV shows, while on the left-hand side there is a hidden menu. In the left menu, we have some options to filter the results. The search bar is on the top right with favourites, VPN, settings, and about options. Once a video is fully streamed, the video can be found in the downloads folder specified in the settings menu. Moving on, Popcorn Time also recommends installing a VPN client before streaming content. You also have an option to sign up with the recommended/promoted VPN client.

Video player

Selecting a piece of content goes to the information page where you can see the description, ratings, trailer, and reviews for the movie. You also have the options to change dubbing, quality, and language before streaming the video. The video takes some time to play as the software downloads the initial part. As the download relies on peers, the fewer peers available, the lower the speed you get. The video player comes with options, including subtitles, audio, sounds, pause, and stop. The software uses online subtitles, but you can select a custom subtitle option to use your own.

Mobile

Android

The mobile app can be downloaded from the same website. The app setup takes 42 MB of storage, while the app itself takes 83 MB on Android. You get to find the same content in the app with search and share buttons on the top. The left menu comes with a few extra options, including the official website, sharing, video quality filter, notifications, downloads, and settings options.


iOS

Installing Popcorn Time on iOS is not as easy as on Android. You need to download the installer on PC and use a USB cable to connect your phone and follow the installer on PC to install the app on the phone. The app has the same interface with the same functionalities on the iPhone.

Video player

Screenshot of Popcorn Time Android Player
Popcorn Time Android Player

Like PC, the video takes some time to play. On Android, movies take longer time to start compared to PC. Anyway, in addition to the same options, we have a download button to download the video. Popcorn Time may suggest installing a third-party app (Safe Watch), but you can ignore that message or go back to Popcorn Time to download the video. You can see the video’s download speed in the notification panel. Moving to the video player, we get the same options with an extra option to adjust the video size.

Tip: if the notification does not go away after downloading a video, go to app settings and force stop the app.


Available content

The next section in the Popcorn Time review is the available content. So, what content is available? You are most likely to find more content than any other streaming service. Once a video or TV show is released, the video is added to the server. Most of the times, a newly released video becomes popular, and it is available on the interface, but you can search for the content. It takes some time (a month) for a movie to be available as developers wait for a good quality video to be available.


Risks and how to protect yourself?

Popcorn Time is not considered to be safe. Why? Because of torrenting, illegal usage of content, and privacy issues.

Torrenting and privacy

Torrenting uses peer-to-peer (P2P) technology, in which users share traffic and download speed. As people torrent, they share their location and I.P Address with other torrenting users. Hackers use this opportunity to hack into computers or use them as a source of bottleneck network techniques to hack into large systems.

Illegal usage of content

It is illegal to stream or download videos without paying for them. Netflix and Amazon Prime pay to the content creators. Even in 2015 movie industry started suing people who use Popcorn Time, according to PCWorld. Many official domain names have been shut down, and every time, developers have managed to introduce a new domain name.

How to protect

Using a VPN protects you from all the above issues. A VPN uses encryption to secure data you transfer to and from a server. VPN also changes your location and I.P Address making you anonymous while browsing and streaming. But, another problem occurs when you use a cheap or free VPN. VPN clients can save your logs and sell them to other companies, and the speed you get is much slower than original speed. It is recommended to use a powerful VPN client. There are some, including NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Anonymous VPN which promise not to save logs.

Read: Anonymous VPN Review – How this Multi-Platform VPN Fits? or Best Free VPN for Popcorn Time for Android and PC in 2020


Alternatives

There are many alternatives for Popcorn Time, some are legal, and some are not. Here is a list of a few:

  1. Showbox – Showbox is not legal, but they don’t use torrenting technology.
  2. Tubi TV – Tubi TV is legal, free, and safe, but you will not find as much content as on Popcorn Time.
  3. Netflix – Netflix is a famous streaming service. They charge some money and the service is legal.
  4. Yify.tv – Yify.tv is a torrenting content streaming service. The site is banned in some countries.
  5. Amazon Prime – Similar to Netflix Amazon Prime is a streaming service.

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In conclusion

Popcorn Time is a money-saving application, and thousands of users use the software every day. The article covered the essentials topics; I hope the post Popcorn Time review helped. Thanks for having a read and let me know what you think of Popcorn Time so that we can discuss more.

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