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We all know how nice it is to “Netflix and chill”. But what if you don’t want to pay for Netflix’s subscription fees? Well, here’s some good news: you can look for free alternatives that give you access to a wide range of movies but won’t charge you a cent.

Two of the best alternatives nowadays are Show Box and Popcorn Time. These apps are not available in Google Play Store and other official online app stores, so you’ll have to sideload them to your device using APKs. If you’re not familiar with them, read on to learn more about these apps.

What is Show Box?

Show Box gives you free access to movies and TV shows on your Android device, although it can also work with BlackBerry and Kindle Fire devices as well as PCs and Macs. Downloading the app is easy; simply go your gadget’s Settings, tap on Security, and turn on the “Unknown Sources” option to allow your device to download an app that’s not from the Google Play Store. Next, download the Show Box APK from a reliable source and install it in your device — and you’re good to go!



What is Popcorn Time?

Like Show Box, Popcorn Time is a free app that allows users to watch HD movies without any fee. It’s available for Android and iOS device owners as well as those who own Mac, Windows, and Linux computers.

Unlike Show Box, though, Popcorn Time has been more controversial. Their “official” site Popcorntime.io was closed in October due to legal problems as well as internal issues with their staff. However, the team bounced back and, in February, introduced a new version of the site called Popcorntime.sh. Other versions have popped up since then, including Popcorn-time.to and Popcorntime.ws.

Are these apps safe to use?

On the surface, the fact that these apps are not available on the Google Play Store will make you hesitate. But, if you look at user reviews, you’ll see that most users have had a positive experience when using the apps and that more and more people are downloading them. This can give you the assurance that Show Box and Popcorn Time are relatively safe to install and use.

What you have to remember, though, is that these apps distribute copyrighted content (i.e. movies and TV shows) illegally. Downloading these content won’t likely land you in legal trouble (although it’s a possibility), but there’s still the chance that you’d have problems with copyright trolls or even have your bandwidth throttled by your internet service provider.

Of course, don’t forget that watching movies through torrent is one of the easiest ways to invite viruses and other types of malware into your device. If you do decide to use Show Box and Popcorn Time, make sure to install a good anti-malware program beforehand and use it to scan files before opening them.

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