Tap That App: Popcorn Time

By Matthew Bossons, January 16, 2017

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Tap That App is a monthly segment where we feature an app our editors think is cool.

It’s no secret that streaming television shows and movies is a breeze in China, but for expats with limited Mandarin skills, local apps and streaming sites can be difficult to navigate.

The solution? Popcorn Time. No, we aren’t talking about delicious, buttery movie theater popcorn; we’re talking about the free video-streaming app. The program is available on both Android and iOS (it’s still in beta, so you can download it via popcorn-time.to) and features a comprehensive catalogue of films and television shows that can be directly streamed to your phone or computer.

Founded in 2014, Popcorn Time is a BitTorrent program that can stream in high definition and with subtitles (when desired) through its integrated media player.

Content on Popcorn Time is diverse, with users able to access new Hollywood films, popular TV shows and even an extensive selection of anime. One of the best aspects of the app is that you can also download videos directly to your mobile or computer, so you don’t need an Internet connection to enjoy HBO’s Westworld on your flight to Thailand this Chinese New Year.

The only downside is that you may need a VPN to access content on the app, although this only seems to be an issue for some mobile users.

If you’re tired of browsing steaming sites like iQiyi or roadside pirated DVD stalls, this app’s for you.

Popcorn time is available for both Android and iOS devices, as well as laptop computers. Download it here.

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