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With all of the seemingly never-ending lists of responsibilities and obligations that we have in our ever-busy lives, it is so crucial to make sure that we take some time out for relaxation. If you have spent any time on social media recently, chances are you have come across the notion of self-care. People are waking up to the importance of taking time out of their busy lives to pamper themselves and rest up. Self-care, of course, looks different for different people.
For some, self-care can look like lighting candles, taking a bubble bath, and drinking a glass of wine with a good book. For others, maybe it involves doing yoga, going to the gym, going for a run, or doing sit-ups while listening to a favorite podcast. Maybe your idea of self-care involves taking yourself out for a night on the town – going to a comedy club or out dancing with friends.
I don’t know about you, but my personal version of self-care is not very high maintenance. All I require to unwind at the end of a busy workweek is a good movie or TV show to binge, a comfy pair of sweatpants, and maybe a pint or two of some decent craft beer … nothing quite hits the spot like turning my brain off and allowing myself to kick back in bed while being entertained by a movie or a binge-worthy series.
But before I can truly let myself relax and let the episodes or movies lull me into a Zen-like state of bliss, I had to find my own go-to streaming site. I have tried them all, believe you me, and I quickly found out that choosing the right movie and TV streaming platform can be a stressful, time-consuming, and often expensive endeavor.
I started out with the various big-name, mainstream streaming platforms – you know, like Disney Plus, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO (Go, Now, Max), etc. – but each one of these, of course, comes with its own monthly price tag. And those costs can add up, far more quickly than I cared to admit. Plus, even if you have every single one of these platforms, you’ll still be left with TV shows and movies that you cannot access.
This left me in quite a predicament. I wasn’t going to give up and just accept the fact that I couldn’t afford this array of streaming platforms. Nor was I going to lie down and simply take the fact that, even if I could afford them all, I would still be missing out on tons of content. Something, then, had to be done. So, what did I do? Well, I started looking elsewhere for streaming sites. And, as it turns out, there are many free movie and TV streaming sites out there that do not require a subscription and that have almost any title you can think of.
However, discovering this world of free streaming sites created new concerns that I had to contend with. For example, of these free sites, many of them are shoddily designed, not easy to use, or downright scams. So, it took me a while to weed through all of them in order to bring you nothing but the best of the best. Which is precisely what I have done.
That’s right, in addition to the free streaming site we’ll be looking at today – Popcorn Flix – you are more than welcome to check out my sprawling list of other free TV and movie streaming site reviews if this one doesn’t end up looking like the right one for you. Obviously, some sites are bound to be better than others; and, more importantly, some sites are going to cater to your individual needs more effectively than others. So, without further ado, let’s see where Popcorn Flix falls on this spectrum, shall we?
Unfortunately, as is the case with many of these free movie and TV streaming sites, there is not a whole lot that can be found regarding the history of the site. However, as Popcorn Flix is a little more well known than some of its competitors, I was able to find a little bit of insight into the origins of this over the top free streaming service.
Owned by Screen Media Ventures, Popcorn Flix was created in July of 2010. The site went live (in beta mode) in March of 2011. It features primarily independent feature films from the Screen Media Ventures library but also features well known classic Hollywood titles, webisodes, viral videos, and popular series.
Although Popcorn Flix is currently only available in the United States and Canada, the platform intends to expand to new territories in the near future.
This is where Popcorn Flix really shines, in my opinion. Especially given the fact that it is free. Let’s just say that free movie and TV streaming sites are not typically known for their stylish, user-friendly, or easy to navigate site design. Luckily, though, this is far from the case with Popcorn Flix. This site offers a seamless user experience, offering minimal new pages to load. Clicking on a title, for example, simply transforms what was a thumbnail into a full-page sized media player. And, obviously, you can view videos in full-screen mode as well.
When you hover your cursor over a movie, two options are superimposed over the cover: Play and Details. Although the design of Popcorn Flix is largely experiential and intuitive, this is another element of it that I love: it is simple. Although you won’t find trailers of the titles on Popcorn Flix when you click to Details, you will find all relevant credits, release information, and another convenient location to simply click “play.”
Also, at the top of the page, above where you can freely browse by genre and content type, you can sort content by clicking either Movies, TV Shows, or Viral Vids. Whichever option you choose instantly transforms the site. So, in essence, thanks to smart and slick site design, Popcorn Flix is 3 separate websites rolled into one – all of which offer an intuitive, streamlined user experience.
Popcorn Flix offers 3 main types of content. You have movies, TV series, and viral internet videos. Within Popcorn Flix’s movies section alone, though, there are also differentiations worth noting. Not only does Popcorn Flix have a sizeable collection of popular and classic movie titles featuring many of our favorite actors and actresses, but they also offer more obscure indie films and even Popcorn Flix originals. There’s something you don’t see everyday … a free movie and streaming service that actually serves up original content. Netflix and Hulu should be very worried about this, especially since Popcorn Flix’s original films are not even half bad.
Another aspect that I thoroughly enjoy about this site is the fact that you can create queue lists. This is a feature that, for a long time now, I have felt was glaringly missing from the mainstream premium streaming services, the ability to make playlists – this would be especially convenient for TV series, should you want to jump around multiple different seasons from different shows without having to select each one individually. Finally, a streaming platform gives us the convenience of a customized viewing experience.
There are some downsides to Popcorn Flix, though, as far as content is concerned. Their library, drawing only from one studio’s rights, is rather limited. I wouldn’t call it small, but I wouldn’t call it sprawling either. The main letdown, though, isn’t necessarily in quantity, but in the fact that many of the titles are a little more esoteric. In other words, if you’re looking for a free streaming site on which you can watch the latest episodes of, say, The Mandalorian, Popcorn Flix probably isn’t for you. However, if you want to get down on some classic Double Dragon or enjoy other cult classics like Snow Day or Roman Holiday, Popcorn Flix has you covered.
Mobile and Desktop Experience
Here is yet another area where Popcorn Flix blows most other free movie and TV streaming platforms out of the water … they actually have an app. In all of the time I have spent searching for the perfect free streaming service, I have never come across one that has an app – and it is a good one, at that. With an average user rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars on the Apple App Store, the Popcorn Flix app seems to be more favored than HBO Go’s app – it even has a slightly better rating than Netflix.
Pricing and Plans
As I have said, Popcorn Flix is 100% free! There are ads (and you will have to turn your adblocker off to watch content). But, hey, that’s a small price to pay for a streaming service this good.