Cinema HD is one of the many movie apps for Android that enables access to a huge selection of content. The app works in a similar way to Popcorn Time, Showbox, Crackle and other streaming applications. Even though it’s an Android app, you can install Cinema HD on Windows 10. This tutorial will show you how.
Cinema HD may not necessarily be legal to use depending on where in the world you are. It provides access to copyrighted content including movies and TV shows from all over and most of them are copyrighted. As the app’s purpose is to allow illegal access to this content, it may be regarded as illegal. Just be careful how you use it. You don’t want to get any threatening letters from your ISP.
That said, Cinema HD is a well-designed app that works in much the same was as those others mentioned at the top. You load it up, search for something specific or browse the titles, select it, then kick your feet up and watch. It streams content to your device for you to enjoy at home or on the go.
There are lots of similar apps made specifically for PC, but if you want to use Cinema HD for a particular reason, you can. You just need to use an Android emulator.
Let’s take a look at how you can use an Android emulator to run Cinema HD and stream your favorite content on your Windows 10 PC.
Install Cinema HD on Windows 10
To use an Android app on a PC or Mac, you will need an emulator. This is like a virtual machine that runs Android OS and fools the app into thinking it is running on a phone or tablet. It’s simple to set up and use and is a legit way of testing apps for developers.
Bluestacks used to be my go-to Android emulator but I have since migrated to Nox. It is free, unlike Bluestacks, and the newest version has improved the usability and stability of the core system immensely. It is now a very viable way to load Android apps onto Windows 10. You can use whatever emulator you have or want to use, the end result will be the same.
To install Nox and Cinema HD on your Windows 10 computer, just follow these five steps:
- Download and install Nox onto your PC.
- Register it with a Gmail account to get it working.
- Download a copy of Cinema HD and copy it to the APK folder for Nox.
- Open that folder in Nox and execute the .apk file from within the emulator.
- Allow the app to install as it normally would on a phone.
I provide a source for Cinema HD but if you find it elsewhere that’s fine too. As these APKs aren’t legal in many places, they aren’t available on major app stores. Instead, they are available from a variety of third-party sources across the web. As long as you can trust your source, get it wherever you like. Just be sure to avoid sketchy downloads.
Don’t open Cinema HD yet, though, as we have another step to take before you can safely use the app in Windows.
Use a VPN with Cinema HD on Windows 10
As Cinema HD is less than legal in most jurisdictions, it makes sense to cover your tracks before loading it up and having it search the web for content. Generally speaking, you should be fine, but a VPN adds an extra layer of protection while using the app – just in case.
Otherwise, find a good VPN provider, sign up, install the app and make sure you use the VPN every time you use Cinema HD or any other app like it. A VPN can help hide your location and IP address, both of which are used to identify you as a user for any legal action.
There is a wide range of high-quality VPN services available, some of which are free while others require a subscription.
If you need help making a decision, TechJunkie recommends ExpressVPN. If you want to explore other options, be sure to check out our picks for the best VPN services.
Using Cinema HD on Windows 10
By now you should be running Nox or another Android emulator, have Cinema HD installed and have your VPN running in the background. Now it’s time to play!
- Check your VPN is working before firing up Cinema HD.
- Enable the VPN killswitch if your VPN has one.
- Open Nox or your emulator of choice.
- Load up Cinema HD.
- Select a features movie or TV show or use the search or category feature to stream.
- Enjoy the show!
The app itself works fine with minimal buffering and smooth streams. Quality can vary a lot so you may need to be selective about what streams you select. Overall, Cinema HD compares well to Popcorn Time, Showbox or Crackle and performs much the same. Ads are minimal, navigation is straightforward and the app does exactly what it says it does.
While its legality is questionable, Cinema HD remains a very popular content streaming app. Though it is developed for Android, installing the app on Windows 10 is fairly easy to do.
TechJunkie always recommends getting your content from legal sources but if you want to check out Cinema HD on Windows 10 that’s how you do it.
Know of any other good Android emulators? Comments or suggestions on using Cinema HD? Tell us about it below if you do!