A free Netflix alternative?
So, Netflix launched in Belgium a couple of days ago and a lot of people are already starting to adopt the service and all the content it has on offer. Even Proximus is going to add the service to its Belgacom TV.
However, Netflix remains a service you have to pay for, which isn’t to the liking of a minority of people. They are always looking for alternatives which can achieve more or less the same.
After my recent post on Netflix and how to watch the US content, I received a lot of feedback of people saying that had a better alternative: Popcorn Time.
Popcorn Time allows you to stream movies and series, just like Netflix. It uses the bittorrent network to search for the content you’re looking for, and streams it to your device. Only, it does so without you needing to pay a single cent. Completely free. It costs you nothing.
On top of that, it works on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast and whatnot.
So far for the good news. The bad news is that it gets its content from the bittorrent network. Media content on that network is in almost every case illegal, which makes the use of Popcorn Time illegal as well.
So why this post?
In case you’re wondering: I’m not a Popcorn Time user myself. I prefer Netflix since it’s legal and work just the way I want it to work. I do want to make people aware of the most-used Netflix alternative, and point out the illegal side to it, which most people don’t know of.
If you want to read a bit more in detail about Popcorn Time, there’s a nice Dutch article over on Androidplanet.