Popcorn Time festive news

Popcorn Time, the scarily good ‘Netflix for pirates’, has just got better (at least in theory).

Popcorntime.io is one of the major forks of the open source project that was abandoned by its original developers, but was picked up by others. Despite claiming to be the ‘official’ fork (a dispute we have no wish to get involved in), Popcorntime.io has been falling behind its arch rival Time4Popcorn somewhat of late, with T4P offering more in the way of groovy features (note that T4P is now officially called Popcorn-time.se following the seizure of its previous domain name).

Popcorntime.io has, however, with its recent Christmas and New Year announcement, caught up a great deal. New features include:

  • An full Android app is now available
  • Chromecast and AirPlay are supported
  • A VPN is included

Popcorn Time io Dec 2014

Unlike the VPN feature offered by T4P, Popcorntime.io’s VPN is not free, a fact which may put some people off, although in our opinion you generally get what you pay for.

T4P’s VPN provider (Kebrum) keeps extensive usage logs for 3 days (something we were never happy about), while VPN.ht (used by Popcorntime.io) keeps no usage logs, but does keep various connection logs.

We will perform a full review (probably) in the near future, but for now it is worth noting that VPN.ht appears to be liable under the laws of the of the British Virgin Islands (although its parent company Wasabi Technologie seems to be French Canadian), and that it costs $4.99 per month (or $40 per year). New users can register for a 1 month trial costing just $1.

We found that Chromecast support was very patchy when playing media using the Windows client – some films and TV programs worked, but many (most) played fine in the Popcorn Time and VLC players, but would not Chromecast.

We tried using the desktop app with a third party VPN (AirVPN), and found that everything worked well, and that even those movies which did played ball with Chromecast work with Chromecast when the VPN was turned on.

We had less success with the Android app, however, which crashed upon opening when installed on both a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Google Nexus 7 (2013).

Our results were therefore definitely something of a mixed bag, but it is great to see that the popcorntime.io devs are beavering away to make a great app even greater.

Douglas Crawford I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. Find me on Google+

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8 responses to “Popcorn Time festive news

    1. Hi Bernie,

      Um… enough for what? The Tor Browser is the best way to stay anonymous on the internet, but is so slow that it will likely damage your general internet experience (so VPN works as something of a compromise in this regard). It is also useless for Popcorn Time because a) it is too slow anyway, and using Tor for P2P (including PT) slows down the network for everyone else and can get volunteers in trouble), and b) Popcorn Time is mainly a stand-alone client. Check out my Tor Network Review to understand the pros and cons of Tor more.

  1. I am also a victim to this scam. They take R79.90 from my credit card every month via Paypal. How can I stop this from happening?

    1. Hi Marius,

      I’m sorry to hear that. PayPal really goes out of its way to make this process difficult, but you can cancel direct debits/recuring payments using the following steps:

      1.Go to PayPal website and login to your account.
      2.Click ‘Profile’ (gear icon near the top of the page).
      3.Select ‘Payments’.
      4. Under the ‘Manage Upcoming Payments’ section click ‘Pre-approved Payments
      4.In the ‘My pre-approved payments’ section, click ‘Update’.
      5.Select the merchant whose agreement you want to cancel and click ‘Cancel’.
      6.Click Staus -> Cancel

  2. Not only did my VPN from Wasabi technology didn’t work, they never reimbursed me for my money after saying they were going to. They’ve also been taking 39.99 out of my account every month without me knowing it. I just cut them off. Never again.

  3. I pay for this wasabi tech. Feature for popcorn first version and it never worked. In fact i got a letter from my internet connection saying that I used an illegal download… I cut popcorn out and I believe my money was wasted. Any thought’s in the matter….

    1. Hi Melba,

      The original Popcorn Time and all major forks of it are 100% open source and free, so I’m sorry to say that if you paid for it, then you have been scammed. Popcorn Time uses the BitTorrent filesharing protocol, which makes it very easy to trace the IP addresses of downloaders (as everyone sharing a file can see the IP of everyone else sharing the same file.) This is why it is vitally important to hide your real IP using an VPN when using PT.

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