Friday, April 15, 2016

How to stream movies on Samsung smart TV using Popcorn Time in Linux

If you're movies and torrent lovers, you might have heard of Popcorn Time. For those new to this technology Popcorn Time is  a multi-platform, free software BitTorrent client that includes an integrated media player. The applications provide a free alternative to subscription-based video streaming services (such as Netflix). Popcorn Time uses sequential downloading to stream video listed by several torrent websites (although other trackers can be added and used manually).
The software has been closed several times due to copyright issues, but now is available again, am going to explain step by step on how to stream movies on smart TV from Popcorn Time software running on Linux Machine (Deepin Linux which is based on Ubuntu 14) in the following easy steps.

a. Download the Popcorn software from its current offical site.

The current site is

Save the file in any of your preferred place, for mine it goes to Downloads.

b. Extract the downloaded file.

The extracted file will be called Linux but you may name it to any name of your preference.

c. Open the extracted folder and run the file called Popcorn-Time.

Inside the extracted folder you're going to find 3 folders and 8 files as seen below.

Below is the next screen after running Popcorn-Time file.

d. Choose movie,series, anime etc of your choice and start streaming.

Below is what i choose for demonstration.

e. Connect Popcorn-Time to To Samsung smart TV.

If your smart TV is connected in the same network where your computer is connected, you will see it when you click Watch now icon on selected movie as seen below,

As you can see above the watch now icon shows which media you can stream the movie from, which are TV (my Samsung LED smart TV), VLC (because is installed on my machine) and butter (default Popcorn Time media) players.Choose Samsung TV for streaming and press Watch now.

f. Allow Popcorn-Time to stream on your TV and Enjoy.

If it the first time to connect Popcorn to your TV you may have to allow it to access your TV.

After connecting and while the downloading is on progress also the streaming will be on progress.

Endelea kumovika, tuonane mara nyingine.