Few streaming programs have seen such a dramatic rise and fall as Popcorn Time. In 2014, the streaming app stood poised to become the most massively successful torrent-based streaming application available. However, all of that press led directly to its demise. After getting reviewed by PC Magazine, CBS News and the Washington Post, it was all only a matter of time before the ceiling crashed in on the program. In this guide, we’ll show you how to get the Popcorn Time addon for Kodi, and dig into the details on what type of entertainment media you can find with it.
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Popcorn Time Installation Guide
- Download the Popcorn Time Repository.
- Go to “Settings”
- Click on “Install from zip file”.
- Head to “Add-ons”
- Locate where you saved the zip file. Install it.
- Back in the “Add-ons” screen, select “Install from Repository”.
- Select the Popcorn Time Repository. Install Popcorn Time.
- Head to the Home Screen.
- Select “Videos>Add-ons”.
- Grab the Popcorn!
Benefits and Limitations of Popcorn Time
The reason for Popcorn Time’s popularity becomes clear almost immediately after opening the add-on. Users are greeted with a very simple menu, leading to other very simple menus. There is no pretense around Popcorn Time. What you see is what you get. However, the inclusion of a “Search” option makes the add-on one of the best options around. Somehow, this simple addition gets forgotten in far too many add-ons. Instead of forcing you to go through hundreds and hundreds of poorly organized screens, Popcorn Time gives you the option to do a quick search for whatever movies you’re looking for. Brave. Encore.
However, if you’re simply in the mood for scrolling through the different categories, the design is easy to use. The categories are clear, makes sense, and are each filled with a plethora of movie options. Indeed, it’s easy to see why Popcorn Time become so popular in the first place, and why it was so quickly taken down immediately following that success. Chances are, if you can’t find it on Popcorn Time, you probably didn’t need it.
The program is only limited in that it does not provide a distinguished list between television shows and movies. This would be a helpful addition, although it would result in a bit more clutter. That said, the TV offerings are also a bit lacking, and could use some sprucing up. In all, however, Popcorn Time’s return is a happy occasion for streaming fans everywhere.