In this guide, I will take you through the installation instructions for Cinema APK HD (formerly called HDMovies) on FireStick. This method works on all Amazon devices including Fire TV, FireStick and even Fire TV Cube. The method also applies to Android TV & Android TV Boxes to a certain extent.
Cinema HD APK is a great app to watch on-demand content on FireStick and other Android devices. After the shut down of Terrarium TV, everyone had been looking for a decent alternative for movies and shows. I discovered a bunch of apps, but only a handful appealed to me. Cinema HD APK is one of them. So, I have added this app to the top Terrarium TV alternatives and also compiled this detailed installation guide for FireStick.
Cinema HD APK was formerly called HDMovies and now it has been rebranded. The app has a pretty big library of movies and TV shows. This means Cinema HD APK will never let you run out of streaming options. It is a perfect app to binge-watch your favorite episodes and movies. The app has a simple, minimal yet functional interface. It has everything you need to look up for the videos you want to watch and get started. Let’s now learn to install Cinema HD APK on FireStick.
How to Install Cinema APK on FireStick
We will now go through the instructions to sideload the Cinema HD APK on FireStick. When we sideload an app, it means the app is not present in the Amazon Store. To install such apps, we first need to make a small change in the Security setup of FireStick. Here are the steps:
Attention FireStick Users: Read before you continue
Governments and ISPs across the world monitor their users’ online activities. If found streaming copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick, you could get into serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend you to get the best FireStick VPN and hide your identity so that your movie viewing experience doesn’t take a bad turn.
I use ExpressVPN which is the fastest and most secure VPN in the industry. It is very easy to install on any device including Amazon Fire TV Stick. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like their service, you can always ask for a refund. ExpressVPN also has a special deal where you can get 3 months free and save 49% on annual plan.
Here we go:
1. The very first thing you want to do is install the Downloader app on your device. You need the Downloader app to sideload the apps on Fire Stick. You can’t download the APK directly from a browser.
The Downloader app is on the Amazon Store. From the FireStick home-screen click FIND in the middle bar
Note: If you are still using the old version of FireStick, select lens icon in the top-left corner
2. Now click Search
3. Search for the Downloader app. Follow the subsequent screens to install it.
3. Now click Settings in the middle bar of the home screen on the far right (cog icon)
Note: If you are still using the old version of FireStick, select Settings in the top-right
4. Click My Fire TV
5. Next, choose Developer Options
6. Click Install unknown apps
Note: If you are still using the old version of FireStick, click Apps from Unknown Sources and turn it ON
7. Turn ON the option for Downloader
The security part of the FireStick device is thus taken care of. We can now get started with the core installation instructions.
8. Now open the Downloader app. You will notice that it launches with the Home tab clicked by default. Navigate to the URL field on the right and click it
9. The new window that pops up allows you to enter the source URL of the APK using the onscreen keyboard. Enter the following URL to download the APK file of the app:
URL – https://www.firesticktricks.com/cinema
10. The next window that pops will display Downloader connecting to the server. The subsequent window will show it downloading the Cinema HD APK file onto your FireStick device.
Let the download complete
11. The installation will initiate on its own. On the following screen, use your remote navigation keys to select the Next button at the bottom right. (ignore this step if you don’t see Next)
Step 6: The Next button will be replaced by Install. Now, go ahead and click Install
12. This is where FireStick will begin to install Cinema HD app from the APK file you downloaded a little earlier.
Allow the process a couple of minutes
13. When FireStick has finally installed the Cinema HD APK a.k.a HDMovies app, you will be notified with the following window.
If you want, you can click Open and launch the Cinema HD APK on FireStick right off this window.
I recommend clicking Done
14. Clicking Done in the previous step takes you to the Downloader app where you see the following prompt. Highlight Delete using your remote and click it.
We are going to Delete the Cinema APK from FireStick. This file is of no use after the app installation is complete. Erasing the file will save you some space on the device storage.
16. Click Delete another time to finally delete the Cinema HD APK
With this, you have successfully installed Cinema HD APK on FireStick. You can now open and start using the app.
However, before you start streaming, I would like to warn you that everything you stream on Cinema HD APK is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming copyrighted content (free movies, TV shows, Sports) might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Fire Stick. A VPN helps you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is compatible with all kind of streaming apps including Cinema APK and is very easy-to-install on Fire TV / Stick.
We do not encourage the violation of the copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start using your jailbroken Fire Stick, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it freely for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for the full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV / Stick and go to “Search” option on the extreme left. Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results
Step 3: Click “Download” to install the ExpressVPN app for Fire TV / Stick.
Step 4: Open the app and enter your login credentials which you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click “Sign in”
Step 5: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
Cinema HD APK: A Quick Look
Cinema HD APK is a decent option to watch on-demand movies and shows. It also serves as an alternative to Terrarium TV.
Run the app and when you do that the first time, a Changelog window welcomes you with certain details. Click OK and get rid of that window (and read the details if you want to).
You are now guided to the home-screen of the Cinema app on FireStick. The layout of the app is rather simple. Almost all its screen, barring a small strip on the top, is filled with the icons of the video content.
Home-screen, by default, displays the featured movie titles.
If you want to switch to TV Shows, click the hamburger menu on the top left and choose TV Shows.
Besides TV Shows and Movies, the menu also has the shortcut to your Favorites and Downloads. It also has the option to connect Real-Debrid to the app.
If you would like to sort the content by category or genre, click the small, inverted triangle next to the hamburger menu on the top-left.
If you want to look up for a movie or tv show by keyword, use the Search option on the far right on the top.
You can type the name of the movie, episode, director, actor etc. to search the video content.
Can’t find Cinema HD APK on the FireStick home-screen? That’s because new apps do not get the spot on the main screen. But, you can always access them in Your Apps & Channels.
To get there, just long press the Home button on the FireStick remote and click Apps when the following window is displayed
After selecting the app icon, you may press the menu button on your remote and click Move on the bottom left of the screen. This way, you can move the icon to the top row and make the app appear on your home screen
Cinema APK is a third-party app with options to stream free movies and shows. This app may contain some copyrighted content and hence it might not be entirely legal. Cinema APK does not host any content of its own. It simply acts as an aggregator. As long as you are streaming content available in the public domain, the app is legal.
Cinema APK provides a great collection of Movies. It also keeps adding new content regularly. The app is known to fetch lots of good quality streaming links from a range of sources worldwide. Therefore, even if Cinema APK may not be the best app for movies, it is certainly one of the best. You can also take a look at the popular Cinema APK alternatives.
You can download movies from Cinema APK by clicking the ‘Download’ button. This button appears when you click the movie icon. However, I do not recommend downloading movies or shows on low storage devices, such as FireStick. It may cause storage and buffering issues.
There are a couple of ways to fix buffering on Cinema APK. Try deleting the app data or cache from FireStick Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Cinema APK.
You may also try uninstalling and reinstalling the app. One great way to prevent buffering is by using Real Debrid premium link generator. Real Debrid gives you tons of high-quality links from fast servers and mitigates buffering.
Also, I have a great resource where I outlined all the possible reasons and solutions for buffering on Firestick.
Cinema HD APK for FireStick is one of my favorite apps. Terrarium TV’s departure got us scurrying for such apps. Thankfully, there are apps like these that can still provide several hours of solid entertainment. This app has decent quality scrapers that fetch healthy, strong streaming links. And, when you integrate your Real-Debrid account with the app, you get even better options. Go ahead and give Cinema APK a try.
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