Popcornflix Streaming Service Review
My Thoughts on Popcornflix, a Free Movie & TV Show Streaming Service
Keep reading to see my review of Popcornflix - for my thoughts on the quality of the videos, the advertisements, the mobile app, and more.
Movies Are Easy to Find at Popcornflix
I really appreciate how easy it is to use the Popcornflix website. The menu is hidden away at the top of the screen to make more room for finding and watching films, which is certainly nice.
All the different genres are in this menu, such as Comedy, Troma, Action, Thriller, Drama, Rockstars, Before They Were Famous, Family/Kids, TV Series, Horror, Wild West, and Documentaries, among others.
Within each genre, you can sort those films by most popular or by title. There's also a Most Popular and New Arrivals link in the menu that let you view all the popular and new movies regardless of the genre.
Video Quality Could Be Better
Many of the videos I tested at Popcornflix seemed to be around the same quality as a regular DVD movie. I'm not sure of the exact resolution of the films because there are no options to change the quality, but they're certainly not high definition.
With that being said, the movies are not hard to watch by any means.
Popcornflix's Player Options
Popcornflix has a really unique feature in its video player that lets you make GIFs from the video. You have to create a free account first, though.
However, unlike similar websites like Sony Crackle, which have subtitle settings, the only other options that are in the Popcornflix video player are volume control, video scrubbing, and a full-screen button.
While the features here are slim, I am glad there's a full-screen button, because while the whole Popcornflix website provides plenty of room to watch a movie, it's still always nice to eliminate all distractions and become more immersed in the video, which is what full-screen mode accomplishes.
Advertisements Are Shown, but They're Short
While watching a few movies at Popcornflix, I identified a bit of trend with the advertisements. More often than not, a 15-20 second advertisement will display at the very beginning of the movie, with more commercials throughout the video.
The longer the movie is, the more commercials you'll have to watch, which doesn't seem like a terrible deal. To be able to watch tons of movies absolutely free and only have to watch a couple minutes of advertisements isn't a bad trade-off.
My Video Buffering Experience With Popcornflix
Some video streaming websites tend to have issues with buffering or loading. Users will sometimes make note that videos will begin playing only to stop midway to finish the buffering process.
Fortunately, I didn't witness this with any of the movies and TV shows I streamed from Popcornflix. However, this may vary depending on your computer and Internet connection speed.
Popcornflix Has Two Easy to Use Apps
Popcornflix has a "regular" free movie app that lets you watch movies found under any genre, which is ideal for adults wanting to use the app. There's also a Popcornflix Kids app but it shows just kid movies.
I like that there are two different apps so you don't have to worry about mature content being shown to a younger audience.
Both the apps look and function the exact same. It's easy to browse by genre, new arrivals, popular films, and you can even add movies to the queue to gather your favorite ones into one place.
Something else I like about the Popcornflix app is that you don't need to login to watch movies. You can just install the app and start watching videos immediately.
Popcornflix: Final Thoughts
With the functional mobile apps, a wide variety of free films, and adequate video quality, I think Popcornflix is one of the better websites that offer free movies and TV shows.
There are certainly some things Popcornflix could improve upon, such as the quality of the movies and the lack of video player options, but it's still a nice place to visit if you're wanting to avoid paying for videos.