During quarantine caused by the coronavirus outbreak, many services provide specific bonuses for their users. For instance, Pornhub made its premium subscription free, and some banks even offer cashbacks when you pay for Netflix subscription. But what no one expected indeed was the return of Popcorn Time.


The Popcorn Time app is famous for being "Netflix for pirates." This illegal alternative to video streaming subscription services has again become available to users.

Originally, Popcorn Time was a free software BitTorrent client that also included a media player. The site was launched in 2014 and then unexpectedly was shut by its developers later the same year.

Popcorn Time triumphantly announced its return on Twitter, saying, "Love in the Time of Corona Version 0.4 is out," and added a link to its website.

After a long break, the app came back just in time when people have to stay at home due to the quarantine caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Popcorn Time allows users to stream movies and TV shows in a more straightforward way instead of searching, checking, and then downloading individual torrent files.

Popcorn Time webpage says the app is currently available in beta version for macOS, Windows, Linux, and Android. It works using "serial download for streaming video listed by several torrent sites."

The streaming app has a massive database of both films and TV shows. It has its drawbacks, though, such as regional blocking, which means that the content visible on the streaming platform depends on the user's location.

The new version of Popcorn Time includes new movies like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Joker, Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as series like Westworld, Better Call Saul, Futurama, and hundreds more.