Today we’ll share the ultimate installation guide of Popcorn Time on Firestick. The Popcorn movie app is much different from the conventional ones in the context of the technology it uses. The article flows through by discussing the importance of Popcorn Time firestick app, to unveiling how to get Popcorn Time movie app. Then the article further explores the installation & set-up process of the Popcorn Time movie app. Finally, this article gives a glimpse of how to use the app. Although the article is written in the context of Firestick, however, the same can be extended to the FireTV cube as well.
When compared to conventional cable/DTH, the online streaming of favorite channels is cost-effective as well as free from signal disruptions during rains and storms. Streaming the cable TV channels online means that you can not only access the TV channels but also browse the internet as well, with the same broadband plan. This also means that you don’t have to pay both to the cable and broadband service providers when just one service provider (broadband) can give you the services of both.
And frequent releases of new content every now and then by the various OTT platforms, adds more sense to go completely online and save monthly recharge of your cable/DTH. On top of it, introduction of streaming devices by various companies have fuelled the GO Online thought of youngsters.
Amazon Inc. the e-commerce giant launched its first streaming device called Firestick in April 2014. Since its inception, the device has evolved in the context of look, feel & technology. The firestick is a pocket-sized device that comes with a power adapter and a remote. All you need to do is supply power to the device and connect it to any display device which has an HDMI port. In case you ever find your firestick remote is non-functional, we have a firestick remote troubleshooting guide.
Due to its low-cost, easy setup & flexibility, firestick has captured the streaming device’s market in no time. But, there’s one more reason that has made firestick the best pick for the streamers. It’s the streaming apps that can be installed on the firestick.
Amazon has its own apps store called Amazon app store. From this store, apps can be directly installed on the firestick. In case your preferred app is still not available on the official Amazon store, with jailbreaking (more on that later) it can be installed on the firestick. And today, we are going to discuss one such popular app that can be installed to watch movies and TV shows i.e. Popcorn Time app.
What is Popcorn Time App?
Popcorn Time is a streaming content service that allows its user to play movies and TV shows without paying any monthly fee. Most of its contents are in HD (High Definition), whereas some are in SD (Standard Definition) as well. Unlike the other streaming apps out there, Popcorn is different in the context of the technology it uses. It exploits Peer-to-Peer (p2p) technology to serve its users’ favorite content on their screen.
With this p2p technology, Popcorn Time gets chunks of the streaming content from various computers and serves it to its user’s device, just like a torrent source. There is no difference in the streaming experience of Popcorn Time versus the other apps which host the content on their servers and serve directly from there. When you play a content, the app stores it in your device’s cache and wipes out the content when you exit the app.
The Popcorn Time app is not too much compatible with the firestick remote. That’s why we recommend using the mouse toggle app for firestick.
But, beware! this app serves copyright-protected content along with copyright-free content. As there is no clear distinction provided between both the contents on the app, it’s quite likely that you may unknowingly stream a content from the illegitimate source and attract legal consequences.
We at Diino, never promote streaming content from an illegal source and always advocate paying up for the content you watch. Articles like this one are just for Education purpose.
We recommend using Express VPN to avoid situations like unknowingly streaming a copyright protected content. In case you find a copyright-free content that is geo-restricted, with this VPN you can bypass the content geo-restrictions. Also, this VPN can help you investigate whether your ISP is throttling your broadband speed or not, by changing your location. Do you know that your ISP logs all your online activity whether it’s a streaming activity or browsing the websites? A VPN also helps to ensure that your privacy remains intact.
Note: This article is for Education purposes only and we recommend using Express VPN with Popcorn Time to see the difference with and without a VPN. It’s illegal to stream copyright-protected content for free.
How to Get Popcorn Time on Firestick / Fire TV
The Popcorn Time app is not available on the official Amazon store. Remember, previously we saved ourselves from discussing the jailbreak of firestick. Now it’s time to discuss it.
The process of Firestick jailbreaking lets you install apps that are not available on the official Amazon store. Don’t get panic by the jargon ‘jailbreaking’. It’s just the term given by the community to enable firestick to install a third-party app. All you need is to do some navigation and clicks with the firestick remote.
The jailbreaking and then installing the Popcorn Time can be done in three steps.
Let’s get started with the step-by-step installation process.
Install the Downloader app
a) Click the Home button on your firestick
b) Select Find then Search
c) In the search option, search for Downloader. From the results, select Downloader
d) Select the Downloader app, shown on the screen.
e) Click the download button beside Get
Prepare Firestick for Installation
a) Can you see the settings icon on the extreme right hand
b) Here, select My Fire TV
c) Select Developer Options
d) Select Install Unknown apps (to install from unknown sources)
e) Turn it ON for the Downloader app
f) Press the Home button on your remote to reach the firestick home-screen then select the settings icon once again
g) Here, open Preferences
h) Click Privacy Settings
i) Switch OFF Device Usage Data & Collect App Usage Data
Popcorn Time Installation on Firestick
Now that you have installed the downloader app and have jailbroken your firestick, it’s time to install the Popcorn Time app.
Follow the below steps to get it done.
a) Open Downloader app
b) In the url text box, type the download link https://bit.ly/diino-pct and click Go
c) Here, click the download button
d) Let the downloader app, download the apk installation file
e) Click Install
f) Let the installation finish
g) Click Done
h) Click Delete. We don’t need the downloaded apk file anymore as it has been installed. Let’s free up space on firestick by deleting this apk file.
i) Again click Delete to confirm the deletion of this source file.
That’s it. The Popcorn Time is now installed in the firestick.
How to Relocate Popcorn Time on Firestick
When firestick installs an app, by default, it is placed at the end of the apps. To move the Popcorn Time to somewhere else, follow the below process.
a) Long press the Home button on firestick remote
b) Click Apps
c) Navigate to the Popcorn Time app’s icon (don’t click it).
d) Press the menu button (yes, the three horizontal lines) on the remote.
e) Select Move
e) Navigate to your desired location and place the app there by clicking the select button on the remote.
How to Use Popcorn Time on Firestick
After opening the Popcorn Time app, you need to give permission to the app to access the storage, click Allow to use the app.
On the home screen of the app, you get a well-organized display. By default, content from the movies category is displayed, but you can change it from the options.
To see the options and settings, just press the left navigation on remote and a sidebar full of options is presented.
On the top, there is a lens icon for search. Then the icon to see movies and TV show that you mark as favorite. Then there is a setting icon. In the settings, you really have lots of control to customize your Popcorn Time streaming experience.
Below that, you can select the movie or TV show category, but apart from that, there are some filters that you can apply. Let’s see those filters one by one.
In the index, you can select either Cinema or Anime
From genres filter you have more than a dozen of filters, they are Popular, Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Comedy, Crime, Documentary, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Film-Noir, History, Horror, Music, Musical, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Short, Sport, Thriller, War & Western. Below image only shows some of them.
You can sort the content by popularity, date added, or year
From the quality filter you can select which quality links should be available whether 360p, 480p, 720p or 1080p.
In case you find navigating within the Popcorn interface quite hectic with the firestick remote, you can install the mouse toggle app for firestick for a better experience with the app.
The flexibility and availability of various streaming apps have made firestick quite popular among streamers. The Popcorn Time app is one of the popular app that works on peer-to-peer technology to serve content to its users. This app is not available on the official amazon store. You can follow the firestick jailbreaking and installation steps shown in the article to get it on your firestick. It’s illegal to stream a copyright-protected content but you may unknowingly stream the paid content so don’t forget to get the Express VPN, before using this app.