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Popcorn Time app download asking for trouble

After the saga involving Cartoon HD on iPhone and Android, it looks like another similar service has arrived, this time for desktop use. An app called Popcorn Time is available to download for PC, Mac and Linux, claiming to offer a service similar to Netflix, but for free and without advertising.

It sounds very dubious and it looks like questions such as “Is Popcorn Time illegal?” are immediately going to be raised. At the moment it is free and the creators have said that they are not breaking any laws by offering a service that simply ‘curates’ movie files that are already available via other locations.

There’s also no advertising of any kind when you open the app and it does appear to be a ‘dream’ way to watch movies for free online. As we all know though, this is a grey area and we wouldn’t be surprised if Popcorn Time goes down sooner rather than later.

For those asking, there is no Popcorn Time app for iPad, iPhone and Android at the moment – it’s strictly desktop only at the moment and looks like it is still open for business at the time of writing.

Impressive library, but at what cost?
Impressive library, but at what cost?

As you can expect, users are treating this app with skepticism, although others are obviously secretly delighted that this easy solution appears to be available, without any catches.

Discussions are running wild on whether Popcorn Time is actually safe to use, regardless of the legal debate that is obviously at the forefront.

Let us know if you have seen this app online and your thoughts and reactions to how easy it is to stream movies for free.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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I’ve told coworkers about it, and two of them have tried it and used it just fine, telling me they’re impressed with how easy it is to use. I imagine that this will get a lot of use, as it’s attractive, dead simple, and doesn’t come across as sketchy. I hate to say this, but I’ll have to quote Google’s idea that “Piracy represents a pricing and availability problem”. That is to say, lots of people want to watch movies that aren’t yet available legally for streaming or even purchase. They want to watch movies not yet released in their… Read more »

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