Public Domain Torrents Review

My Thoughts on Public Domain Torrents, a Free Movie Streaming Service

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Public Domain Torrents is a free movie streaming website that has lots of films available for both watching online as well as downloading to your computer.

I was unable to get very many of Public Domain Torrents' movies to play for me, so keep reading to learn more about my experience with it.

Lots of Movies but Bad Interface

Public Domain Torrents has a huge number movies, and fortunately they're categorized in easy to understand genres, such as Horror, War, Family, Action/Adventure, Exploitation, Martial Arts, Dramaand Comedy.

You can also view every single film on one page. I especially like this view because it makes it easy to scroll through and find a title that catches your eye, regardless of its genre.

However, in each of these categories are nothing but a link to the movie. There is no way to see the synopsis of the film, a screenshot of the video, or anything else but the title of the movie. You must actually click the movie title before seeing such details, which is too bad.

Most Movies Wouldn't Play For Me

The majority of Public Domain Torrents' movies require you to download the torrent of the movie before you can watch it. Films that you can stream from the website have a Google Video logo next to them, but if you'd rather not look for these videos among the online-only ones, there's a section called "Watch Live" for all the movies you can watch online.

See my list of Free Torrent Clients for a program or service that can download these movies for you.

A major pitfall I ran into is that most of the movies you can watch online without downloading actually didn't even work for me. I randomly selected ten movies you could stream from the site, and opened them in two different web browsers and on two different computers only to find that nearly none of them could be streamed.

As well as most streaming movies not playing, I found that because there weren't enough people sharing the movies over torrents, I was unable to get any downloadable movies to work either.

I can't say this is the case for all the movies at Public Domain Torrents, but I was certainly disappointed to see it happen on the ones I chose. I was left having tried a dozen movies, both by online and downloadable, and couldn't get but a small number of them to work.

Public Domain Torrents' Player Options

Though I was unable to get most of the movies to stream from Public Domain Torrents' website, video player is useful, having a full screen option alongside regular features like volume and playback controls.

Can't Watch Movies on a Mobile Device

Unfortunately, there aren't any applications you can install on a mobile device to watch movies from Public Domain Torrents. There may be mobile torrent clients that can handle downloading the movies, but there is no official app for streaming videos.

I tried watching using Public Domain Torrents' regular desktop website on an Android and an iPhone but was unable to view the video player of any movie I tested.

See my list of free movie apps for free movie streaming websites that do offer mobile apps, such as Crackle, Viewster, and Yidio.

Public Domain Torrents: Final Thoughts

Of all the movie streaming websites I've tried, I'm most disappointing with Public Domain Torrents due, obviously, to the fact that it doesn't work very well. 

Unfortunately, because of this, I can't make accurate comments on whether in-video advertisements are displayed in the movies or how the video quality is.

If Public Domain Torrents doesn't work well for you either, but you're still wanting to watch movies online for free, I recommend SnagFilms, Watch Documentary, and YouTube. All three of these websites offer high quality films, and the latter two also have next to zero advertisements.

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