Streaming giants such as Hulu, HBO, and Netflix may have captured a large segment in the premium streaming market. However, it’s the free, ad-supported streaming services that are grabbing the most eyeballs these days. These relatively new influx of free sites are competing to grab the audience’s attention and are lining up to become a comprehensive cord-cutting option.
These streaming apps and networks though free are a bundle of joy for streamers. From an intuitive interface to eye-catching design and content, there’s nothing more you’d expect from a free streaming site or apps. Today we’re reviewing one such app which has risen to prominence in recent times, it is known as Popcornflix. This app allows you to watch TV shows, movies, local files on a variety of devices.
What is Popcornflix?
Popcornflix is a free streaming platform where you can find your favorite movies and TV shows in SD quality. You don’t have to make an account to stream content on this platform. Whether you choose to use the website or the app, you can stream content without providing any details. In this particular review, we’re specifically reviewing the app, so everything below will be app related.
What should you expect from the Popcornflix App?
Popcornflix is available on a dozen of devices. First, you can download it on your Android or iOS mobile phones. Other than that, you can find the app on Amazon Fire TV, Xbox 360, Roku, BlackBerry, Samsung, and even gaming consoles such as Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The Popcornflix app supports Chromecast as well, so if you’re interested in watching content on your Smart TV, you can do so instantaneously.
Great in-app experience
Before writing this review, I wanted to check every version of Popcornflix created for different platforms. And I have to say that their app was the best in comparison to the web app and website. The interface was elegant and the ad-placement wasn’t obtrusive. Furthermore, the content discovery on the app is amazing thanks to the search bar and numerous filter options to narrow down the content bucket. The most standout aspect was the hidden menu at the top of the screen which allowed the hero section and the body section of the app to stand out more.
Popcornflix is insanely popular among all demographics because of its diverse content range. You’ll find a wide variety of genres such as Comedy, Action, Thriller, Family, Drama, Mystery, Old School Classics, Stand-up Comedy, and Documentaries. Movies have been bifurcated based on these genres and thus you don’t have to sort out content to find the ideal title. If you’re just in for the latest flicks, make sure to neck out the New Arrivals section.
Unique Video Player
One of the primary reasons why I got lured towards this platform was because of its unique video player. Popcornflix’s player allows you to make GIFs from a video. Not just that, you can add comments to specific parts of the video – similar to the ones on SoundCloud. These comments are a great way to gauge other viewer’s opinions about certain scenes, dialogues, and overall screenplay. Having said that, you will need to create an account if you want to try all these amazing features.
Lacks certain Features
Unlike Crackle and other free streaming platforms that allow subtitles as toggle options, Popcornflix has completely missed out on that feature. The only toggle options you’d find are volume control, full-screen button, and video movement. While I’m slightly disappointed with the lack of subtitles option, I can still appreciate the ‘Theater Mode’ after the full-screen which allows me to immerse myself in the video.
Did you know that Popcornflix offers multiple apps? There’s a regular app for adults and then there’s an app for kids. That’s quite a thoughtful gesture from the developers. Though Popcornflix Kids just has kid movies, it does allow parents to breathe easily without worrying about the content on the regular app. The user-interface and design on both the apps are quite similar and thus even if you were to just accompany your kids for an animated movie, you won’t have difficulty in operating the app.
Popcornflix App Information
The Popcornflix app has been installed over a million times. At just 21 MB, it is one of the lightest content streaming apps out there. If you have Android KitKat or an OS that was released after that, you should have no trouble streaming content on this app. Popcornflix is currently running on a 4.53.0 version and is updated every month.
How to access Popcornflix?
You can access Popcornflix from a wide range of devices. You can even cast it on your TV using Chromecast, gaming consoles, or your Roku device. To find the app, you just have to search for the term ‘Popcornflix app’, and you’d likely find it on the Google Play Store which is likely to be the first link in the search result. You can even install the app directly on your device other than your phone by using Bluestacks or Virtual Box.
I have to admit that I love the simple and intuitive interface of this app. It’s super easy to navigate. The hidden menu gives the hero section an extended breathing space which makes navigating even better. The content is well-organized based on genres on recommendation and the thumbnails stand out because of the dark theme.
The header section has a drop-down menu on the left, logo at the center, and Chromecast/search bar towards the right. Under the header section, you can switch between two tabs – Movies and TV Shows. If you click on movies, the thumbnails will feature all the movie-related categories and so on. Under the main banner, you’ll find sections such as ‘New Arrivals’, ‘Most Popular’, and other genre-based content diversification.
If you click on any title on the homepage, you’ll be redirected to the inner page. I love how simple yet effective this page is. First, you’ll see a small banner followed by the title, genre, and ‘Play More’ button. Under that, you have a short synopsis followed by information related to cast and crew. You’ll find this information for each and every show.
Look, when it comes to content, you can’t set your expectations high on a free streaming platform. If you do, you’d be disappointed. Popcornflix is nowhere near the streaming quality or content capabilities offered by Netflix and Prime Video, however, it’s free. Thus, we’ve to compromise a little in these areas. There is a decent content library covering a wide range of genres but don’t expect anything extravagant. One thing I can say for sure is that this app does have something for everyone. You’d even find animated content for adults that dates back to the 90s.
Popcornflix performs smoothly on almost all the compatible platforms. However, I need to inform you that you can’t expect HD or Ultra HD clarity from this app. Sure, it’s way better than the pixilated web app version, but it’s nothing extraordinary. Other than that, if you stream on Roku, you’d be able to stream conveniently on SD quality.
Whatever streaming experience you enjoy on the app is marred by ads. You’d need to watch 15-20 second ads before every stream. It’s not the ads that bother me but the number of ads that make you want to bounce off and uninstall the app right away. But if you want to watch the content, that’s the trade-off.
Even on Pixel 3, I faced certain buffering and loading issues. The videos didn’t even play at times and would stop and buffer for several minutes before getting back on track. At 32MBPs, I don’t consider my internet to be a stumbling block, but if you’re streaming, expect issues like these.
Suggestions I have for Popcornflix
If Popcornflix wants to compete with corporation-backed apps like Crackle, it really needs to up its game. At least, the streaming quality needs massive improvement. I’d urge the developers to do justice to the amazing interface by backing it up with impressive streaming capabilities.
Overall, Popcornflix is not a bad streaming app to have on your device. It has quite a few impressive titles, decent streaming quality, and great compatibility. So, if you’re done with Crackle and are looking for an alternative, you can try Popcornflix. Though I’m not sure whether this app will satiate your streaming desires, there’s no harm in trying.