Popcorn Time, “the Netflix of pirated movies,” has added Chromecast support. People can use Popcorn Time to stream movie torrents in an attractive, Netflix-like interface. Learn how to anonymously watch streaming torrent videos with Popcorn Time with the handy guide below.
(Note: There has been some confusion about Popcorn Time as a service. The original developers, working from getpopcornti.me, abandoned the project earlier this year. Subsequently, other developers took over the project and started working from popcorntime.io.)
1. Get Popcorn Time
Learn what all the fuss is about in the cool Popcorn Time video above.
To get the Popcorn Time app, visit popcorntime.io. As of this writing, Popcorn Time is available for computers running Windows 7 or above, Mac OS X 10.7 and above, and both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux. Popcorn Time is still in Beta, so there may be some issues with the service after download and installation. You’ll want the Beta version for the best, stable experience with Popcorn Time.
2. Check Out the Alpha Build With Chromecast Support
After you’ve gotten your bearings in the more stable, Beta version of Popcorn Time, you’re ready to check out the Alpha build with Chromecast support. Business Insider has some great info about the Alpha build with Chromecast support, as well as download link.
Popcorn Time cautions users that “Popcorn Time Alpha is designed for developers and early adopters, and sometimes can work unexpectedly.” Business Insider notes that the Beta build that includes Chromecast support is due “in the next couple of weeks.”
Currently, only the Alpha build for Windows has Chromecast support. It is unclear when Mac and Linux builds will get Chromecast support, but it appears to be in the works.
3. Read the Popcorn Time FAQ
Check out a review and tutorial of Popcorn Time in the video above.
The FAQ covers a number of common questions, including the legality of using the Popcorn Time service. The FAQ also has tips for dealing with issues like being unable to launch the app, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with common issues so you can troubleshoot any problems you’re having. If you’re having issues with subtitles, you’re not alone: the Popcorn Time blog notes that subtitles aren’t supported quite yet for Chromecast streaming.
You can also visit this page to see the status of Popcorn Time, or determine the cause of your issues. The Popcorn Time forum and Reddit community may also help you diagnose issues related to Chromecast support.
4. Enable Privacy Settings
Learn more about Chromecast’s perks and features in the report above.
Business Insider has a great explanation of Popcorn Time’s anonymity settings and benefits. The free VPN used by Popcorn Time enables users to mask their IP address by clicking the “lock” icon.
Business Insider notes:
“Technically, VPN services can still sometimes be linked back to individual computers and users, but there’s a few things that set Popcorn Time’s VPN service apart. The company running the service, Kebrum, isn’t located in the U.S., and the company doesn’t keep long-term logs. This acts like a one-two punch to U.S. authorities, as they won’t be able to legally request Kebrum’s user info — and even if they somehow could, there wouldn’t be any user information stored to fork over.”