Subscription-based streaming services are now easily accessible and are quite budget-friendly. However, torrenting and similar methods that use peer-to-peer network file transmission for obtaining licensed movies and TV shows without fees are also very rampant nowadays. In fact, the trend has gone from the web and pc to mobile platforms. As a result, free movie apps like MovieBox Pro have become popular.
In this article, you’ll get to know MovieBox Pro better, even if you have not tried it yet or have been using it for a long time already.
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What Is MovieBox Pro?
MovieBox Pro is considered as the replacement free streaming app to the MovieBox app that was suddenly discontinued in 2018; even if there is no official statement from the developers on the relevance of the two apps. We will give you a backgrounder first on the predecessor app to understand both.
MovieBox is a BitTorrent client that lets you obtain fragments of a large file from fellow users’ computers online. The downloaded fragments combine to complete the content to be viewable and shareable on your end. For instance, a full movie or TV show. MovieBox is also deemed as one of the best Showbox alternative apps since similar apps have been banned.
Let us now discuss MovieBox Pro. The app, according to its official website, does not rely on torrenting. The claim has yet to be verified until now though, mainly because the developers have not released supporting information.
Features-wise, MovieBox Pro has more than 15,000 movies and TV shows on its platform, with switchable subtitles and audio and in 360-pixel resolution and H.265 compression. Content can be streamed online or saved for offline viewing. Paid VIP users who availed of the one, six, or 12-month plan get higher resolutions, ad-free experience, and compatibility beyond mobile devices.
In terms of availability, the app can be downloaded directly from the MovieBox Pro website. It is compatible with Android and iOS gadgets, and even Apple TV and Chromecast devices if with a VIP subscription. There is no need to root the mobile device to run MovieBox Pro.
What Is Appealing About MovieBox Pro?
There are many reasons why the MovieBox Pro app entices mobile device users to download and use it without considering if it has risks. Below are the most common reasons:
1. Free Content
Anything that is free or comes at a low price can be appealing. MovieBox Pro users can watch many of the latest movies and TV shows at no cost and with a decent resolution to start with. The premium experience, although paid, is still a catch for many users because it is given that it would not match the higher price from the mainstream platforms.
2. High-Speed Downloads
MovieBox Pro makes use of a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to make downloading a breeze. A CDN is comprised of multiple servers from various locations that each contribute data for faster loading times. For example, some popular CDNs you might be familiar with are Cloudflare, Akamai, Fastly, KeyCDN, and CloudFront.
3. Ease of Use
As mentioned, platforms that offer paid content for free now come in the form of mobile apps, instead of a website. This way, streaming becomes more convenient than before. Anyone can watch favorite movies or shows on-the-go, as long as there is MovieBox Pro on his or her mobile device. Furthermore, the app has a user-friendly interface where movies and shows are ready to play in a click and organized as tiles. In fact, the setup closely resembles that of the premium and popular movie streaming apps.
How to Check Your Safety With MovieBox Pro
As a popular saying goes, it is better to be safe than to be sorry. This applies when you are picking a video, movie, or TV streaming app for your binge-watching needs. Before we elaborate on whether MovieBox Pro is safe or not, here are quick reminders on how to check that aspect of any streaming app:
1. Be Wary of Red Flags
The best practice to determine if an app like MovieBox Pro is good or safe for you is to be cautious before you hit that download or subscribe button. Check for red flags or dangers regarding how it sources content or works.
2. Read Carefully the Terms and Policies
Take a good look at the terms, conditions, and privacy policies, as these differ per app. If anything is unconfirmed or unclear, think twice. Furthermore, once you spot something you do not agree with, consider looking for alternative options.
3. Make Sure App Is From a Trusted Source
For mobile apps, regardless of the type, the reliable source is none other than an official store. For example, the Google Play Store and App Store ensure apps are from verified sources, meet the standards, and do not contain malicious files.
Is MovieBox Pro Safe?
With the many perks MovieBox Pro offers, let us now elaborate on the red flags of the app. Most involve legality, privacy, and mobile device safety. Below are some of the reasons that might make you do a double-take first before trying or continuing to use the app:
1. MovieBox Pro Content Sources Unknown
Whether the movies or TV shows on MovieBox Pro come from the original distributor or not, it seems impossible to know. The fact that the app uses a CDN network is already a hint for you that data comes from various host servers and sources. Consequently, you would not know if what you are watching is legal or pirated content. Some CDNs have their fair share of legality issues as well. Just do a quick search online and you will come across some big news regarding those cases.
2. MovieBox Pro Needs Google Account Login
The app requires you to access your Google Account to use all free or paid features. It requires you to sign in and verify your identity because of one of its perks: data recovery. To explain, your saved movies and TV shows, as well as the watch history associated with your account, can be restored at any time. This stands even if you have deleted and reinstalled the app.
3. MovieBox Pro Gets User Data
Depending on how you use the mobile app, MovieBox Pro can get some of your personal information. For instance, billing, credit card, and contact information are obtained when you buy MovieBox Pro services. Email addresses being collected if used to contact customer support or subscribe to newsletters is another example. Also, your IP address can be found out if you are not using the VPN for Android and iOS to mask it, like what other app subscribers do. These data might be sensitive or private for you.
4. Limited MovieBox Pro Information for Non-users
Just the fact that it is quite a challenge to get information on how MovieBox Pro specifically operates will already keep you thinking twice about whether to use it or not.
For example, upon visiting the official website, you’ll only see a locked dungeon door logo with the words “Private Garden” below it, and instructions to log in to your Google Account. To elaborate, you will only get a peek of what is beyond that “door” once you have used it. The same goes for the app.
If you are just interested in personally trying out MovieBox Pro, this means there is no way to evaluate it without giving in to the conditions or requirements. All you can do is rely on reviews from other users online because actual testing is not safe to rely on.
5. MovieBox Pro is Not on the Google Play Store or App Store
MovieBox Pro is not available on the official Android or iOS store as of the time of writing. The app’s official website, though, outlines a few workarounds. It suggests getting the streaming app via downloader apps from the Google Play Store or App Store.
When an app cannot be downloaded directly from the official Android or iOS store, many users already consider this as an immediate red flag and a reason to look for an alternative app. This is because apps that are from third-party websites are known to have many issues or contain malware that can harm mobile devices.
MovieBox Pro is not a safe platform to binge-watch movies and shows. What is best for mobile device users like you is to settle with a verified video streaming app with clear terms, regardless of whether the app is free or not.
Paid streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video, are way safer than most free mobile alternatives. This is because the sources of the movies and TV shows are official or licensed distributors. Moreover, content owners are paid what they deserve, which is good for supporting the entertainment industry.