Popcorn Time Install For Chrome OS

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

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It is no secret that Netflix has positioned itself as one of if not the biggest suppliers of online content streaming and with the holidays slowly creeping upon us, the platform is predicted to become overly-saturated with many trying to catch up on shows and movies they might have missed during the year.

Though Netflix’s reach appears grandeur, the service still fails to offer the same amount and variety of content across all its subscribers around the world.

And if for some reason you on the lookout for a Netflix-esque platform for your Chromebook – minus some of the restrictions with quite honestly, some frustrations to boot – enter Popcorn Time.

In its current state, Popcorn Time is like the Frankenstein monster, having gone through several modifications under several names from several development teams around the globe.

Despite its rough history, the app is one of the best programs to offer on-demand streaming content with zero subscription fees.

What is Popcorn Time?

Before we delve into how to use the program, it is first important to know what Popcorn Time really is. The software is the brainchild of a group of Argentine developers who got frustrated with how streaming giants like Netflix were believed to be “an industry that portrays innovation as a threat to their antique recipe to collect value” with privacy becoming a “service problem” and due to restriction put in place by governments, not everyone is granted access to the same amount of content.

A frustration the motivated the team to create a similar platform that employs BitTorrent technologies and using progressive downloading – meaning part of the file is downloaded prior to playing to sidestep buffering experienced on slow networks — users were able to stream video listed by several torrent websites.

Furthermore, users can manually add third-party trackers if the torrent sites don’t have what they are looking for.

The popularity generated from the app’s launch and its similarity with Netflix meant cooperate bulldogs would be gunning to take it down something that came to pass when due to immense pressure from Copyright police firms like the MPAA, the OG Popcorn Time service was abruptly taken down by its makers.

Like almost every free-form software, Popcorn Time endured due to the relentless effort from several development teams who forked the open-source software with continued support catering for additional features. As a result, there are several incarnations of the software.

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How to Download Popcorn Time on Your Chrome Device

Considering Popcorn Time isn’t available on the Play Store due to the obvious violation of the store’s policy, you’d have to get the apk from this link. Then you’ll need to enable developer mode on your Chrome device after which you’d have to enable the “install unknown apps” option within the android setting then you can proceed to install the apk.

On a cautious note, torrents are primary to the core functionality of the application and as a result, the user’s IP address and location are vulnerable to prying eyes. To keep your identity private, it is advised to use a reputable VPN to mask your IP address. Here is our recommended list of Chrome OS VPNs.

What do you think of Popcorn Time? And would you use it over Netflix and similar subscription services? Share your opinion with us in the comments.

Categories: AndroidTools

Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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