Imagine being able to stream copious numbers of TV shows and films straight to your PC running Windows 7, 8, or 10. Welcome to MovieBox, an application that can allow you to do just that, and without the hefty weight of a subscription cost.
Streaming media has become far and away the most popular way to consume content, anymore. Between subscription services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and others, we all have many directions to turn when we want to sate our film and television hunger. If you’re wondering if we’ll soon see the day that streaming content overtakes paid cable access…you’re going to need a time machine. That happened a year ago, already! Still, that doesn’t mean that the current buffet of streaming services doesn’t leave many users still wanting for something better. After all, it would take a hefty chunk of change to maintain active subscriptions to all of these services. On top of that, even with all of these streaming services available to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re guaranteed access to the content that we want.
Enter such apps as MovieBox, which purports to give you access to massive amounts of movies and television shows–new and old, both–without any accompanying subscription free. If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Sort of. We’ll get to that.
The first thing we need to discuss is how, exactly, you’re going to get this program running on your Windows PC. Thankfully, that process has become remarkably simple too and carries with it none of the other risks more specific to apps such as MovieBox. While there is a Windows-friendly standalone application floating around online, I highly recommend using the emulated Android version of this app. In the latter section of this guide, I’ll elaborate on why this is a good idea. If you’ve ever had experience with an Android emulator (we’ve written about them on Appamatix, before), then you’re a step ahead! It’s more likely, however, that you’ve never used one. I’ll lay out a few of my very favorites for Windows computers, and also explain some of the nuance particular to each.
If you’ve ever had experience with an Android emulator (we’ve written about them on Appamatix, before), then you’re a step ahead! It’s more likely, however, that you’ve never used one. I’ll lay out a few of my very favorites for Windows computers, and also explain some of the nuance particular to each.
Finding a Good Emulator
Don’t worry too much about finding the very best emulator to suit your needs. The good ones all serve the same basic purpose, and that’s to allow you access to the immense library of apps usually only available on the Android operating system. In this case, it includes MovieBox.
While there are definitely many emulators that will get the job done for you, the three that I’ll list below are options that I’ve had personal experience with, and can therefore highly recommend. Your own mileage may vary, but I also present each of these because they have a free option, and if you’re after MovieBox, I can only guess that “free” is a priority for your viewing experience.
- Andyroid. Until something better comes along, this will always be first on my list. It’s free, fully functional, and has an aura of “professionally developed” throughout the entire time you’re using it. Andy handles all of my Android emulation, these days.
- Bluestacks. Though it’s difficult to be certain, it’s likely that Bluestacks is the most frequently used Android emulator currently available online. Marketed largely towards Android gamers, it nevertheless runs almost any Android app perfectly. The free version is ad-supported, but a meager subscription cost will remove all third-party advertisements from the software.
- Manymo. This is my “odd emulator out,” but it’s on the list for a reason. Because it’s browser-based, it actually won’t require you to install any software at all. You’ll only need your MovieBox .apk file and a profile on the Manymo website. Be aware that this kind of utility comes with a cost; the free version allows you only 10 uses per month, but a subscription fee will compound your usage time significantly.
No matter which emulator you choose, give yourself a few moments to learn the ins and outs of it. Once you boot it up, you’ll be presented with a window that replicates the screen of an Android mobile device. This is where you’ll do the majority of your work, and it’s where your MovieBox viewing will take place.
Getting your hands on good emulating software is easy. Finding an up-to-date .apk for MovieBox can be slightly more difficult since it’s not featured in any easily accessible app stores. It’s going to require some searching online if you want to proceed with it. If you’re wondering why I can’t simply provide a link within this very guide, it’s due to the fact that download sources for the .apk change far too frequently for it to remain reliable. There are other reasons, too, which will be discussed in the back end of this article.
Additionally, you should always be running anti-malware and anti-virus software when searching for .apk files online. Far too often, computers and mobile devices are infected with malicious software attached to these downloads. Since the apps, you find through “sideloading” .apk files aren’t always authorized, professionally distributed versions of these apps, they’re easy to infect with harmful code.
To get started, simply type “MovieBox .apk” into your search engine, and browse through the eventual results. You’ll want to find a version of the app that’s version 4.0 or later, for the best results. Don’t fret if you don’t land on your ideal results right away, and definitely don’t ignore any warnings issued by your computer’s anti-virus or anti-malware software.
Once you’ve downloaded your copy of the MovieBox application, it’s time to return to your chosen emulator. While most Android devices would require extra workaround in order to sideload an app, an emulator saves you a great deal of this trouble. Though the feature will work differently depending on which emulator you’ve chosen, all that you need to do is upload your freshly downloaded MovieBox .apk into your emulator, and you’re ready to rock and roll!
Additional Tips and Tricks
As promised, there are a few other topics pertaining to the subject of MovieBox and its use that I can’t go without visiting. While searching for your .apk, you more than likely came across several people asking, “Is MovieBox legal?”
We can be direct and simple with the answer: No, it is definitely not legal. Because of this, our guide here at Appamatix exists solely for the purpose of education. We’ll show you how to do it, but we can’t tell you where to find it. Many users will often argue that “streaming” content to be viewed is not affected by copyright laws in the same way as “downloading,” but as far as the law is considered, the two are one in the same. When you stream content, the buffering process essentially creates a copy of that media on your computer.
How is such an app allowed to persist, if it’s not legal? The very reason that you were able to take to the internet and download a copy, and also the reason that there isn’t a single, reliable source by which to obtain the MovieBox .apk. Distribution of the app is almost impossible to keep track of. When using it, you’ll also notice that certain content is occasionally unavailable. This is almost always due to that very content being taken down for legality reasons.
The question we arrive at is, “Am I taking a risk when using MovieBox?” Just as when you’re doing any other activity of questionable or loose legality, absolutely. There’s a reason that these films and television shows can’t be viewed freely anywhere else, and circumventing the cost of them will always mean that you’re taking a risk. Is that risk worth the potential entertainment? More than any other question, that one is up to you to answer.
Lastly, I feel it’s important to narrow down why I recommend emulation for using apps like this. MovieBox was created to run natively on the Android and iOS platforms, and therefore, these operating systems are where it functions best. Additionally, numerous amounts of user feedback have told me that the Windows version that occasionally floats across the internet just isn’t very good. Like many apps of questionable function and sourcing it, the risk you take in downloading it is only amplified. For reasons of privacy, safety, and overall accessibility, I continue to recommend Android emulation when using apps that were designed first and foremost to run on mobile operating systems.
The above instructions will help you to get started with MovieBox on your Windows PC. No matter the operating system (7, 8, or 10), the emulators we’ve suggested and the installation tips provided should give you everything you need if you want to proceed with this popular app.