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Update September 17, 2020 (11 months ago)

Popcorn Time app is a hit Around the world. The program makes it extremely easy to watch movies and series. But how does it work? In this article we take a close look of the software.

What is actually Popcorn Time App?

The name gives it away somewhat: Popcorn Time is a free program that lets you quickly can see the latest movies and series on your computer and smartphone, optionally with a bowl of popcorn on my lap. The program displays a list of movies by genre, below the movie title and the year. If you click on a movie poster opens a larger “map”, which is a brief description, as well as an IMDb rating. So you know immediately whether a film is good or bad received. At the bottom of the map, you can set the quality and, if desired, select the subtitle.

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How Does Popcorn Time?

If after picking out a movie or series on ‘View Now’ button, the magic begins. Popcorn Time uses the Bit Torrent protocol. This means that you get a movie or series through the P2P network and simultaneously sends pieces of film to other users. In short: you download and upload at the same time. As with regular torrents. The strong point of Popcorn Time is that after a short buffer period can start watching while the content is downloading. You do not have to wait for the whole movie inside. One condition is that there are enough providers (peers) to downloading, otherwise it may be long before there is anything at all to play. This can in both elderly and unknown films sometimes be the case. Popcorn Time takes its torrents sovereigns from the database of YTS.

The controversy

Popcorn Time is often put down as a Netflix killer, but there is actually very little to do with it. When Netflix pay you nicely to view copyrighted material, Popcorn Time is not the case. Downloading without permission is prohibited in many countries. Also in the Netherlands, which makes the use of Popcorn time in fact illegal. Brein nevertheless indicated that they will not sue individual users of Popcorn Time, after all, they focus on the parties who facilitate it. Keep in mind that this may in the future might change. Now you can at Popcorn Time use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that your IP address is masked, but that has not always proved a foolproof method.

Popcorn Time has become by its simple operation the terror of Hollywood. It is therefore not surprising that the creators were given shortly after the launch of an army of lawyers behind. Because they did not want a legal battle they made the source code open source (open to everyone) and they quit. Not long after the developers behind Time4Popcorn picked up the thread and created his own version, which they were allowed to use the name Popcorn Time. Until today is not taken down their application.

Popcorn Time App download for android, Iphone, ipad,mac,PC

The (anonymous) developers Time4Popcorn offer Popcorn Time free for Mac (Mac OSX 10.7 and higher), Windows (XP and later) and Linux (32 and 64 bit). The files, all around 40MB, are HERE to find. After downloading the installation is straightforward and you can without having to register something immediately start watching movies and series.

Some time ago there was also launched an app for the Android operating system, which allows you Popcorn Time on smartphones and tablets can use. The app is not available in the Play Store from Google, but can download it via this detour . iPhone users are not overlooked. An iOS app, according to the makers already at an advanced stage of development, though not yet announced when to find it in the App Store will be. Furthermore, it is still questionable whether Apple will accept such an application.

Pro tip: if you Chromecast used on the same Wi-Fi network, it is automatically recognized by the desktop and Android app. On the play field you can click on the bottom right Chromecast icon, select the Chromecast, after your movie or series will be played on your television. Small drawback is that they have failed to enclose the subtitles also the Chromecast, but there seems to be worked on.

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