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We reported in the past that Cinema HD was shut down but it appears there is now a fairly new version floating around which is V2.4.1.
Cinema HD has been the most popular free streaming application for Firestick and Android TV devices.
The new update V2.4.1 provides additional/fixed sources (links) for movies and TV shows.
We’ve received multiple questions on whether this new application is safe to use.
Cinema HD 2.4.1 Legal Ramifications
More than likely, Cinema HD APK was originally shut down due to distributing copyrighted works without consent.
If users are going to use this application, it should only be for streaming movies and TV shows not protected by copyright such as works that fall under the Public Domain.
It’s not illegal to stream movies or TV shows that are not protected by copyright.
Cinema HD is Virus Free
The first thing we want to do is scan Cinema HD 2.4.1 for viruses.
As you can see in the above scan, it’s virus-free.
This doesn’t mean that there’s not other funny business going on with this free streaming application.
Original Developer No Longer Involved?
Many times after an application is shut down or abandoned, another developer forks the app and continues to update it. Sometimes this is done for malicious purposes.
Users need to be extremely careful using free applications that can’t be found in the Amazon App Store or Google Play Store. Especially those that have been shut down in the past and an imposter has taken control of.
TROYPOINT suggests using Surfshark VPN to protect yourself if you’re going to use applications such as Cinema HD. Users should also enable Clean Web within Surfshark to eliminate ads and trackers. See video below on how to do this.
How Does a VPN Protect Me?
A VPN provides you with an anonymous IP Address and encrypts your connection to the Internet so you can’t be identified by the app developer and other 3rd party organizations. It also prevents your Internet Service Provider (ISP) from logging what you stream, download, or browse online. When a VPN is active, your ISP can’t see what you’re accessing through the Internet.
Cinema 2.4.1 Member Program
Some may be tempted to enroll into the Cinema 2.4.1 member program. This allows for an ad-free experience. Don’t do this.
Member Activation Menu Item
Member Activation Screen
Choose Cinema HD Member Plan
Pay with Bitcoin
There are numerous stories about people doing this under the original developer and they never received a key to activate this feature. I highly doubt that this will work properly.
If you want to strip ads and trackers, follow the video below instead.
Eliminate Ads & Trackers in Cinema HD
Below is a 3-minute video that shows how you can eliminate Ads and Trackers in Cinema HD.
If you haven’t already installed Cinema HD and Downloader refer to the following guide.
Be Careful Using Cinema HD 2.4.1+
In conclusion, users should be extremely careful when using this modified application.
Yes, it may work well but the risks might outweigh the rewards.
TROYPOINT recommends using 100% legal and verified free streaming options instead of Cinema HD, which you can find linked below.
- Only stream content not protected by copyright such as works that fall under the Public Domain
- Protect yourself with Surfshark VPN
- Strip ads and trackers with Surfshark
- Use MX Player as your video player
- Do not enroll into the Cinema HD 2.4.1 Member Program
- Do not donate through Bitcoin or any other form of payment
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