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Introduction

Most of the people in today’s time prefer streaming content instead of watching it via cable tv or satellite networks. However, this wasn’t the case a couple of years ago. Recently between 2013-2017, torrent software became extremely popular, which allowed users to download and watch the content they desired on their device without having to visit any third-party website. This simplified the process of not just searching for content but also downloading it without any risk.

The easy-to-use functionality made it hot among users and people were high on torrent software. Sure, it didn’t make the activity any less illegal, but they just wanted a safer experience. Those five years were the golden years of downloading and redistribution of content files through peer-to-peer sharing. Services such as Popcorn Time allowed users to download content without much hassle.

What’s the difference between the torrent app and a torrent client?

Usually, you’d find a torrent link on a platform such as pirate bay, KAT, or YTS, and then open it via UTorrent or any other torrent client. With Popcorn time, you no longer need to do so as the app does it for you. Millions of people around the world wanted a simplified process wherein an app can act as a client. And with various Torrent APKS, that was made possible. The process is pretty similar to downloading the torrent file via torrent client, but instead of using an additional media player, you get to search, download, and watch content from within the app.

History of Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time – a multi-platform free software BitTorrent client started its journey in 2011/12. Though the launch date is not perfectly clear, the year 2013 is touted as the best year for the app. It caught so much attention that year that in March 2014, it was forced to shut down due to pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Since the original app was taken down, there have been replicas of the original software all over the globe. It restarted the project with a new website – popcorntime.io, but MPAA was quick to react and brought down that platform as well.

Is Popcorn Time legal?

Downloading any movie or TV series content on your device is illegal due to copyright infringement. With premium apps, you’re allowed to save the content offline but aren’t allowed to download it on your device and that’s to prevent you from indulging in piracy. Since Popcorn Time advocates illegal consumption and distribution of content, it is not a legal website. However, as a platform, it does provide users several notifications about what they’re getting into. And thus when push comes to shove, they might hold their hands up and you would land in hot waters.

Is Popcorn Time Safe?

Popcorn Time is just a website/APK similar to any other torrent or streaming software. It doesn’t host the content and that’s the reason why it operates in the gray area. Nonetheless,  similar to the pirate bay, they do act as a mediator for illegal content distribution, and thus they are banned in various countries around the world. Popcorn Time, though a reputable source, is not short of problems. Firstly, in order to access the content on the website, you’ll need to sign-up for their internal VPN service. It’s only after you sign-up that you’ll be able to access any movie or a TV show. On the contrary, there are no ads and thus the risk of adware is not much.

Popcorn Time in numbers

Popcorn Time was at its peak in 2013/14. However, it has lost its momentum in recent times. Nonetheless, it still manages to draw huge numbers. It draws more than 3 million visitors per month. An average session on this site lasts for 3.37 minutes with an average page/visit being 1.75. Other than that, a testimony of a decent user experience lies in its respectable bounce rate which sits at 51.42%. The major reason why the avg visit is no longer than 3 minutes is that it’s just a landing page and not a full-blown online torrent platform.

As far as Popcorn Time’s popularity in 2020 goes, it is ranked at #13,700 which makes it amongst the top 14,000 websites on the internet.

How to access Popcorn Time?

You can access Popcorn Time by searching for the term ‘Popcorn Time’ in your search engine. Alternatively, if you want to access the platform directly, you can use the following link: Popcorn Time.  Remember, there are various extensions of the website and thus using the link is the easiest way of finding the website and downloading the app.

Before you access Popcorn Time, it’s important for you to know that protecting your IP and your device should be your priority. Most of the time when you engage in illegal content downloading, your IP can be tracked by your ISP and the local authorities. In order to avoid any trouble, it’s important that you stream anonymously when you’re accessing such platforms. That’s the reason why I recommend you use a VPN. Using a VPN will help protect your data and your identity not just from hackers but regulatory authorities as well.

Design

I like the fact that even though the service is illegal, the developers have maintained the brand guidelines not just on the website but also on the app. The blue/black color combination with white text looks cool even in today’s time. The design doesn’t feel outdated and the app is quite straight-forward. There are two options – Movies & TV Shows on the left, and a full-screen option on the right. At the center, you have the entire hero section filled with thumbnails related to the content category.

You’ve to choose between ‘Movies’ or ‘TV Shows’. For instance, if you click on TV shows, you’ll find a drop-down menu with a complete list of genre including ‘Action’, ‘Adventure’, ‘Animation’, ‘Biography’, ‘Comedy’, ‘Crime’, ‘Documentary’, ‘Family’, ‘Fantasy’, ‘History’, ‘Horror’, ‘Music’, ‘Musical’, ‘Mystery’, ‘Romance’, ‘Sci-Fi’, ‘Sport’, ‘Thriller’, ‘War’, and ‘Western’.

Inner Pages – By clicking on any option on the homepage, you’ll be directed towards an inner page. Herein, you will find detailed information about the content you have selected. If it’s a movie, you’ll find cast details along with movie ratings. If it’s a TV series, you’ll find a list of all the seasons and a short summary.

Content – Popcorn Time has a massive content library filled with all the latest movies and TV shows. Some of the popular movies and TV shows that you’ll find on the platform include:

Movies – Delivery Man, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, Frozen, Thor Ragnarok, Jumanji, Reasonable Doubt, Dallas Buyers Club, Catching Fire, The Book Thief, Wolverine, The Hunger Games, Avengers: Endgame, Grandpa, Shape of Water, Parasite, Joker, 6 Underground, The Lodge, The Gentleman, Scoob, The Invisible Man, and Capone.

TV Shows – Game of Thrones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Big Bang Theory, Riverdale, Grey’s Anatomy, Young Sheldon, Legacies, Modern Family, Suits, Flash, Supernatural, Walking Dead, True Detective, Shameless, How I Met Your Mother, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Office, Lie To Me, Two and a Half Men, Mad Men, Merlin, Jeopardy, Mental, Come Dine With Me, and Impractical Jokers.

Desktop/Mobile experience

Once you’ve downloaded the app and opted for Popcorn Time’s in-house VPN, you’ll be able to watch the latest movies and TV shows without any discrepancies. I tested the platform recently using the 1-month subscription and I was able to download an entire season of ‘Modern Family’ within a couple of hours. The streaming was smooth when I watched ‘Parasite’, and the lack of adverts really enhanced the overall user experience.

Suggestions I have for Popcorn Time

Earlier, you could watch Popcorn Time without worrying about a VPN. However, now, it has clearly become a paid service as it promotes its own VPN. From the looks of it, the company is trying to go clean by promoting its own VPN and once it does, it might get done with illegal service and might switch to something different altogether. Personally, paying $4.99 for a specific VPN doesn’t make sense when you actually have a membership to a premium VPN such as Express or Nord.

Conclusion

Popcorn Time was a free app. However, it’s no longer free. You’ll need to subscribe to its VPN before you access the content. Nonetheless, the platform does deliver promising content and hassle-free streaming. It’s so popular that Vice in one of its articles called the service ‘Legendary’.

Likes & Hates:
Massive Content Library
Ad-free streaming
Amazing User-interface
HD streaming
Hassle-free Content Download
Latest content might not appear quickly
Subscribing to in-house VPN is mandatory