Popcorn Time, if you don’t know what it is, is a cool entertainment video streaming program you will definitely enjoy. Now with the latest release, you can even enjoy more with the support of streaming the video to your big TV through Google Chromecast out of the box. It’s very easy to use and here is how.
First of all, you will need the latest version of Popcorn Time installed. At least, you will need the version 3.5.3 to be able to stream through Chromecast.
/update on Nov. 1, 2015/ The official Popcorn Time site is now officially dead. Check the last update on July 2, 2015 at the bottom of this post for alternative options.
Then launch the program, pick a movie you want to watch, click the little up arrow with a popcorn icon at the bottom of the window next to Watch Now button. If you have a live, ready to stream Chromecast ready, you will see it on the list. On the screenshot below, you can see one called Den that is ready to use there.
Then click Watch Now, sit back and enjoy.
If this is your first time using Popcorn Time on your computer, you probably won’t have any issue. Movies will be streaming to your big TV through Chromecast very smoothly. However, if you have used any of the previous versions before, you may encounter some issues where videos are not streaming through.
That’s probably because of your Firewall settings on your Windows blocking it. Here is a quick and easy way to fix it.
Go to Control Panel → System and Security → Windows Firewall, and click Restore defaults to reset all your Windows Firewall settings, including Popcorn Time.
Once all settings are reset and you relaunch the program, you will be prompted a Firewall warning message asking your permission to allow Popcorn Time to go through your Firewall. Check Private Networks, and click Allow Access and you will be all good.
Note that resetting your Firewall may have some effects to your other programs. If you are worried about this, you can go to Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall, and remove Popcorn Times from the allow list.
That’s pretty much it. Leave comments below through Continue Discussion if you have any questions.
/update on April 8, 2015/
If you still don’t see your Chromecast device listed in the Watch Now drop-down list, maybe it’s because you don’t have a wireless adapter on your desktop/laptop computer. At least, this is what happened to me. For some reason, putting your desktop computer and Chromecast in the same LAN isn’t good enough. You need to put them in the same WiFi. I hope this will be fixed later on.
/update on July 2, 2015/
Another Popcorn Time project fork recently released a new version of Popcorn Time Windows client that made the Chromecast and Apple TV buttons available in the application. Even though it still requires a WiFi connection to be able to find the Chromecast dongles, it works fairly well and the performance seems to be pretty smooth.
To stream the content to Chromecast in this version of Popcorn Time Beta 5,3, you need to open the movie, click Watch Now, and then once it started streaming, click the TV monitor icon at the bottom right corner. Then pick the available Chromecast to stream.
/update on Nov. 8, 2015/
If you still have the latest official Popcorn Time installed at version either 0.3.7, you can somehow still enjoy the program and stream the media to Chromecast. There will be more steps involved, but it still works. Since the service is shutdown, you won’t be able to get the torrent feeds automatically. You will need to either download them manually through torrent sites or use the Search on KAT button to find the feeds.
When you are on search page in Popcorn Time, you can either type in the name of the show or movie in the search box and click the magnify glass to search the torrent feed, or if you already have the feed downloaded drop it into the Drop Magnet or .torrent box in the program.
Select the feed you want to download and watch, click the TV icon at the bottom of the window to select the Chromecast device from the list and enjoy.