5 Best VPNs for Popcorn Time for secure streaming in 2019

Using Popcorn Time without a VPN could land you in hot water. But, as we outline in this article, not just any VPN will do. Read on to find out which providers offer the best VPNs for Popcorn Time.

What are The 5 Best VPNs for Popcorn Time?

The VPNs on the list below have been picked by our team of experts. They all have excellent privacy features, plus these VPNs allow P2P downloading. For more information on any of these services, keep scrolling.

  1. NordVPN - This VPN offers fantastic security features, high speeds and six simultaneous connections for an affordable price. NordVPN also have a dedicated P2P server list within their app so you can easily find the right server for Popcorn Time.
  2. PrivateVPN - This is the cheapest Popcorn Time VPN! It is extremely reliable and has all the security features you need to stream Popcorn Time safely.
  3. CyberGhost - If you are new to VPNs and want a service that is easy to use, this is the VPN for you! Before connecting to the VPN it asks for your activity preferences so you can adjust the settings to suit your needs.
  4. ExpressVPN - This VPN offers high speed servers, great for streaming Popcorn Time content in HD. They also implement OpenVPN to a high standard so your data is kept secure.
  5. IPVanish - is a fast service, they also give their users a smart DNS service for free.

Best 5 VPNs that work with Popcorn Time: In-depth Analysis

See the section below for an in-depth look at the best Popcorn Time VPNs:

1. NordVPN

NordVPN is a very secure service, they offer users great features like dedicated IPs and it's affordable

  • Pricing

    From $3.49 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

NordVPN is the best VPN for Popcorn Time. It's also a great pick for those who are looking to use a VPN for P2P downloading. The service is cheap, if you get the three-year subscription offer. You get an allowance of six simultaneous connections, which will enable you to share an account with friends. It provides 24/7 customer support and 30-day money back guarantee.

2. PrivateVPN

Private VPN is the cheapest VPN for Popcorn Time, it's extremely reliable and it has all the security features you need

  • Pricing

    From $1.89 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • Linux
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

PrivateVPN is a great service for Popcorn time, it has a great reputation amongst it's users. It is fast, efficient, easy to use, and extremely reliable. It's servers are fast enough to stream Popcorn Time content in HD and will unblock streaming services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer. PrivateVPN also has all the important security features you need as well as live chat support. This fantastic VPN is unexpectedly cheap and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

3. CyberGhost

CyberGhost VPN has an easy to use app for Windows, Mac, Android and iPhone

  • Pricing

    From $2.75 / month
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

CyberGhost is an easy to use VPN, ideal for Popcorn Time users. The app has a pre-screen that lets you select activity preferences. It then adjusts the VPN's settings to suit your intended connections. These options include 'unblock streaming' and 'torrent anonymously.' You can play around with these settings to see which gives you the best performance for Popcorn Time. This VPN has a 45-day money back guarantee and also unblocks popular services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.


4. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a consistently fast service which is great for streaming Popcorn Time content in HD

  • Pricing

    From $6.67 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • Linux
    • iOS
  • Features

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

ExpressVPN offers both high levels of security and fast torrenting speeds, making it ideal for Popcorn Time. In addition, the service uses the OpenVPN protocol implemented to pretty high standards. It has apps for all platforms, will unblock streaming services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer and provides a high level of customer care via live chat support. ExpressVPN also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

5. IPVanish

IPVanish offer their users high speed servers, great for Popcorn Time, and they give users great features like a smart DNS service.

  • Pricing

    From $5.20 / month
  • Available on

    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Android
    • iOS

IPVanish is a high-profile VPN company with good privacy credentials. It keeps no logs, accepts payment in bitcoin, and permits P2P. IPVanish also throws in a free Smart DNS service for all customers. Its software is easy to use and works well. Importantly, IPVanish owns and runs its own network infrastructure, which ensures it is a very fast service for streaming. It is an excellent VPN for streaming and downloading content via P2P and you can try it free for a week with its 7-day money back guarantee.

 


5 Best Popcorn Time VPNs: Speed Analysis

For many looking to stream content through a VPN for Popcorn Time, speed will be a consideration. A VPN will always have an impact on your internet speeds, but picking a good quality service will reduce this impact. The tests shown in the graph below are conducted in lab conditions using a dedicated gigabit line. You shouldn't expect similar speeds but it provides a strong indication of which VPNs are performing well.


Can I use a VPN to improve my internet speeds?

No. This is a common myth that we often get asked about. A VPN will always have a minor impact on your internet speeds. This is because your internet traffic has to travel further, via the VPN server. In addition, the traffic needs to be encrypted and then decrypted, all of which takes time.

For more information on how an internet impacts your internet speeds, check out our VPN speed test guide.


 

The ultimate guide to Popcorn Time VPNs: Everything you need to know

Why do I need a VPN for Popcorn Time?

You need a VPN for Popcorn Time because a VPN will hide what you get up to online from your internet provider (ISP) and prevents anyone on the internet from knowing who you are.

Popcorn Time is basically a polished BitTorrent client. This means that instead of streaming a movie from a centralized server (as you do with Kodi, for example), the movie is hosted by everyone who is watching or downloading that movie.

How a popcorn time VPN works

This lack of centralization means there are no servers that can get raided and their operators arrested. It does also mean, though, that everyone else watching or downloading the same movie or TV show as you know exactly who you are because their BitTorrent client needs to know (and can therefore see) your real IP address. This is why you shouldn't use Popcorn Time without a VPN.

Try it yourself

You can see your IP address below. Once you have signed up and connected to a VPN, come back to this page and refresh it and you should see this IP address change to your VPN server.

Your IP Address is: 18.207.255.49

  • Internet Service Provider: Amazon.com, Inc.
  • City: Ashburn
  • ZIP: 20149
  • State/Region: Virginia
  • Country: United States
  • Operating System: checking...
  • Resolution: checking...

If you're new to the world of VPNs or torrenting, we can help you get up to speed with our handy guides:

How does a VPN for Popcorn Time protect me?

A VPN service works like this: The VPN operates servers, usually located in many locations around the world. You connect to these servers via a secure encrypted connection. So, all the other people sharing the same torrent file as you will see is the IP address of the VPN server rather than your actual IP address.

This deceptively simple setup protects you when using Popcorn Time because:

  • Copyright holders (and anyone else on the internet) cannot see your real IP address or who your ISP is because the VPN server blocks their “view”. All they can see is the IP address of the VPN server. This is invariably shared among many (sometimes hundreds) of VPN users, making it very hard to tell who did what.
  • Your ISP cannot see either your data (because it is securely encrypted between your device and the VPN server) or what you get up to on the internet because the VPN server acts as a proxy, beyond which your ISP cannot see.

Important features for a Popcorn Time VPN

There are some important features to look out for when choosing a Popcorn Time VPN, these are:

  • Make sure the VPN allows P2P torrenting

    Not all do, and if they don’t, then they make no promises to protect you when they receive the inevitable DMCA complaints from copyright holders. If a VPN service allows torrenting, though, it will protect you when using Popcorn Time. The only issue to watch out for is…

  • A Kill Switch

    VPN connections occasionally fail. If this happens when you are in the middle of watching a movie on Popcorn Time then everyone else sharing the same movie file (including regular BitTorrent downloaders) will immediately be able to see your real IP address. The solution is to use a kill switch which shuts down your internet connection when the VPN connection goes down. Check out our guide to killswitches for more information. 

    All the VPNs in our list have these featured in our best VPNs for Popcorn list have these features. 

  • Fast servers

    The higher your bandwidth (that is, the faster your internet connection), the higher resolution you can stream content without experiencing annoying buffering issues.

    A good Popcorn Time VPN is therefore also a fast VPN. As always, speed performance can be improved by connecting to a server close to your real location and by selecting servers which are not overloaded.

    Popcorn Time offers most content in either 720p or 1080p resolutions. TV shows are sometimes available in 480p. If you experience buffering issues when streaming then you can reduce buffering by switching to a lower resolution version of the movie or show.

Can I use a VPN when casting?

The short answer is… yes.

Popcorn Time allows you to stream from your device to a big screen via Chromecast, Airplay, and DLNA. Most VPN apps exempt local network addresses from the VPN so you can access stuff like WiFi printers and LAN drives when the VPN is running.

Assuming this is the case with your provider, then you will be able to cast Popcorn Time content over your local WiFi network without any problem.

If for some reason your provider’s software routes local network connections through the VPN, then you may not be able to connect to your cast-enabled devices. Good news, though, is that most generic VPN software does allow you to bypass the VPN for local networks.

casting popcorn time

Above we can see the settings in OpenVPN for Android edit VPN connection -> Routing.

FAQs

Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at ProPrivacy.com. Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.

21 Comments

  1. Joel

    on August 1, 2018
    Reply

    Hi - Thank you for all this support. I've downloaded NordVPN and appear to be connected. But popcorntime still shows their "Security Warning" and recommendation to Active VPN?? Appears to take to a different VPN provider. Is this just a case that they want to upsell to their proprietary VPN? Should I just ignore or is this an indication that Nord isn't working with popcorn?

    1. Ray Walsh replied to Joel

      on August 2, 2018
      Reply

      If you are sure Nord is changing your IP address (check using ipleak.net) then the VPN is working and you can use PopcornTime with privacy, yes.

  2. Ozzie

    on April 13, 2018
    Reply

    After connecting to PrivateVPN I see that my IP address in Popcorn Time is still the same as it was before connecting to PrivateVPN. The "External IP" shown in PrivateVPN app is not what I see in Popcorn time. I ran ipconfig via cmd prompt and my IP address matches to what is in Popcorn time before or after connecting to PrivateVPN.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Ozzie

      on April 16, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Ozzie, Hmm. If you visit ipleak.net, do you see an IP belonging to PrivateVPN or your real IP?

  3. Brendan

    on March 17, 2018
    Reply

    Hi I am looking in getting a VPN for myself for popcorn time, but I am not sure which one. I want one that is fast, secure, safe and not too expensive. I need suggestions and recommendations. Out of the 5 best VPN'S listed here for popcorn time 1 What is the fastest one? 2 Do they all have kill switches? 3 Are they compatible all over the world?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Brendan

      on March 19, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Brendan, 1. IPVanish is probably the faster, although you can check out most recent test results for yourself. 2. Yes. 3. Yes :).

  4. NoBody Watching

    on November 18, 2017
    Reply

    Stremio seems to be what Popcorn Time was meant to be.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to NoBody Watching

      on November 20, 2017
      Reply

      Hi NoBody Watching, From the official Stremio FAQ: How does Stremio compare to Popcorn Time? Stremio and Popcorn Time are similar in user interface, because there aren’t many ways to do video entertainment catalogues right :) But while Popcorn Time is focused on streaming torrents from specific sources, Stremio is unrestricted and is merely a content aggregator - it’s not locked into a specific content source. Furthermore, we do not provide any torrent add-ons by default, so Stremio does not cover the Popcorn Time use-case with official functionality. Another notable difference is that Popcorn Time is completely open source, while Stremio is partially open source.

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