4 Good Putlocker Alternatives to Stream Movies Online
In May 2016, popular file-sharing website Putlocker was blocked in the UK. By the end of the year, due to threats of legal action and direct targeting from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Putlocker, once one of the top sites in the world, had shut down.
Since then, more than 50 mirror of Putlocker – near-exact replicas of the original – have popped up online. From Putlockertv.ist, Putlockers.movie to Putlockers.mn, there are lot of them out there all offering the same kind of service as the original.
It is unknown, however, whether any of them are run by the original Putlocker team. Their security and reliability cannot be determined. Additionally, many of them are inevitably taken down before popping up with a different domain name. So if you are searching for a place to stream your favorite tv show or movie, here are some viable Putlocker alternatives.
Four Putlocker alternatives worth trying
The original Putlocker was illegal in many countries because its sole use was for connecting users to pirated TV streams. It was not the only company offering this kind of service, but it was certainly the highest profile. That is primarily why it was targeted by the MPAA.
While Putlocker never hosted any copyrighted material, it did host links to it, which is what caused the problems that eventuated in its removal. Here are four websites that either change their model to avoid Putlocker’s fate, or are flying under the radar so as to avoid being taken down.
While Putlocker was ostensibly a “file-sharing” website, Popcorn Time gets right to the point: Watch torrent movies instantly. Unlock Putlocker, you don’t have to worry about Popcorn Time disappearing anytime soon.
Also unlock Putlocker, you need to download an app rather than being able to play directly via a browser. Fortunately, the app is small and simple. Install the app, find a title, select it and it plays. There is also Popcorn Time Online, if you really must stream online.
The interface and app is pretty good, with clear category selections and lots of new and up-and-coming titles. There are the usual straight-to-tv movies here, but the selection does also include many blockbuster and top TV titles too. The downside of having to install an app instead of watching through a browser is easily offset by the ease of use and sheer volume of content available.
Solar Movie is also rated quite highly as a movie-streaming website. The site is clean, fast, and easy to use. It is not the slickest interface in the world, but it makes short work of finding movies and TV shows to watch. Both have their own category, and there is also a useful search function should you need it.
The range of movies and shows seems mixed. Some titles are quite obscure, but others are much more well-known. Streaming is seamless, too. Highlight a title and a popup appears, select “Watch” and a new screen shows with the title front and center. As long as your internet connection is sufficiently fast to handle the quality, Solar Movie streams flawlessly.
FMovies is a lot like Solar Movie, much more attention has been paid to developing a slick interface. It also seems to contain many more Hollywood titles and mainstream TV shows. The categorization is better at FMovies, and the overall experience is better browsing.
However, when it comes to the most important part of a streaming online – the watching – FMovies can falter. When the servers are under peak load, selecting and viewing a title can take up to a minute. To play a movie or TV show, click one to be taken to the movie page. The movie should begin playing automatically. Be aware though that when you click the movie on the page a popup ad will appear. Leave the page alone, and the content should play without anything else happening.
123Movies has been around for a while, and it may or may not be a clone of the original, depending on what you read online. Either way, this version of the site works well. The website itself is slick and easy to use. It has the usual category selections, and you can even filter by country if you are looking for a foreign film. The selection is wide and covers most new releases.
Selection is simple: Find a title, select it and you are taken to its page. The movie will play automatically or after a quick prompt. Media loads smoothly, buffers quickly and offers HD playback without any fuss.
Note: TechJunkie does not condone piracy or breaking the law. None of these sites are recommended for use. They are merely suggested alternatives to Putlocker, should you be looking for one. If you do decide to use one of these, always use protection. Keep your antivirus software running, and use a VPN!