Popcorn Time is a streaming application that allows you to stream the latest movies, series, and TV shows for free. It is one of the best alternatives for streaming apps like HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and many more. It supports downloading movies and shows in HD quality for free. Popcorn Time app is accessible on all platforms which run on Android OS. If you had an Android TV, you could install Popcorn Time to watch all your favorite content on the TV screen.
But the application is officially not available on Google Play Store. So you need to sideload the app through apk file using ES File Explorer. In this article, we will show the method to sideload and stream Popcorn Time on Android TV.
How to Download & Stream Popcorn Time on Android TV
To get the Popcorn Time app, you need to make some changes to the Android TV settings.
 Turn on your Android TV and connect to the standard internet connection.
 Launch the Downloader App on your Android TV. If you haven’t installed this app yet, go to Google Play Store on your Android TV and install it.
 Go through the on-screen prompts and enter browser.aftvnews.com.
 Click the Go button, and a plugin file will download on your TV.
 Tap Install after downloading the apk file.
 Click Done once it is installed on your Android TV.
 You need to enable Unknown sources for Downloader to sideload the apps from unknown sources.
 Click Settings on the home screen.
 Select Device Preferences.
 Scroll down and hit the Security & restrictions menu.
 Choose the Unknown Sources menu.
 Slide the toggle located next to Downloader.
 Now, open the Downloader you installed and enter the Popcorn Time apk URL.
 Click the Go menu and wait for the Popcorn Time apk file to download.
 Press the Install menu once it is downloaded.
 Click Done after installing it.
 Now, go to the home screen to find Popcorn Time in the app drawer.
 Launch the app and start streaming your favorite content without any restriction.
It is the easiest way to install Popcorn Time on Android TV. You can also use ES File Explorer to sideload the apk files from unknown sources. But, the sideloading facility is available only on the premium version. Hence, it is recommended to use the Downloader app.
Update: Popcorn Time app has been completely shut down, so you cannot download the app from the
Related: How to Watch Popcorn Time on Chromecast
Alternate way to Cast Popcorn Time on Android TV
If you consider sideloading a lengthy process, you can use the casting method to stream Popcorn Time on Android TV.
 Install and launch the Popcorn Time apk on your Android Device.
 Connect your smartphone and your TV device with the same internet connection.
 Choose to play any video title on the Popcorn Time app.
 Now, go to the Notification center and click on the Cast option.
 Select your device from the list to connect.
 Once connected, you can enjoy streaming Popcorn Time on your TV.
Related: How to Stream Popcorn Time on Roku
Best Alternatives for Popcorn Time
The Popcorn Time app has been shut down, and the apk doesn’t have recent updates. You can install other best alternatives to enjoy streaming its contents.
Plex is the best alternative for Popcorn Time, and it can download from the Apps section on your Android TV. You can stream more than 200+ channels on HD streaming quality with Plex. It is a hub to stream movies, TV shows, series, sports, music, etc. Moreover, the Plex app is completely free to use.
Hulu is the most popular streaming platform compatible with most devices, including Android TV. It is the new alternative for Popcorn Time with over 75+ top channels. Hulu is a subscription-based platform with exclusive movies, on-demand shows, live sports, etc. It also offers a 30-day free trial.
Crunchyroll on Android TV provides the largest collection of anime shows. It is the best alternative for Popcorn Time, who loves streaming anime movies, TV shows, and series. It can be installed from the Google Play Store on Android TV. You can stream it for free with commercial interventions.
If you have connected your Android TV with a poor internet connection, this issue might occur. Connect your TV with a stable internet connection to sort this out.
Currently, Popcorn Time has been shut down. However, you can install the apk to stream its content.
Yes, Popcorn Time is completely free to use.
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