How did this movie streaming app get approved in the App Store? [update: it’s gone]

By , May 24, 2016

Cinema SG

We’ve seen our fair share of oddities when it comes to approval of apps in the App Store, but this one probably takes the cake for the most obvious reason: it lets you stream  movies directly from your iPhone or iPad at no cost. We’re not talking old movies that are in the public domain either. We’re talking recent movies, some of them still being played in theaters.

Update: Apple pulled this app from the App Store. It would have been nice to have an explanation about why and how it was approved in the first place, but I guess we’ll have to let our imagination run wild.

Marketed as Cinema SG, but really being a clone of an app called Cinema Box, it gives you access to virtually every movie or TV show you can think of for free. Obviously, the legality of this app isn’t even questioned. What we we question though is how someone at Apple approved something so obvious without raising any flags.

The app doesn’t even try to hide what it does either. The App Store app description as well as the screenshots make it fairly clear. But if that wasn’t enough, launching the app removes any doubt about the core feature which is powered by piracy.

This is not the first time such an application sneaks into the App Store, but the ones we’ve seen before at least had the decency to pretend to be something else. Cinema SG is very upfront though, which I guess we should at least give props to the developer for.

Needless to say Cinema SG won’t be in the App Store for too long, but should have it been there to begin with?

We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this post should they respond.

Thanks Anthony for the tip!

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  • Mr.Coolfreak

    Thanks for the heads up lol, someone at Apple messed up

  • Steven S.

    Is it illegal to even download the app? Just wondering.

    • Hell no

    • Bill

      Oh jeez. Of course it is. Just like it’s “legal” to download uTorrent.

      • It is legal to download uTorrent. Just as it’s also legal to download torrents, so long as they’re not copy protected.

      • John Smith

        It’s the seeders who have liability, not the leechers.

      • Bill

        I think some leechers have been charged as well, be it movies or music. I seem to remember one case where the lady was ordered to pay like $23,000 PER mp3 she had downloaded or something ridiculous?

      • John Smith

        I don’t know of the policies in other countries, however in the US it is perfectly legal to download content, so long as it doesn’t violate any of the serious laws (minors, private photos, classified documents, weapon schematics, etc).

      • Bill

        Whoops, I thought Mr. Coolfreak said “is it LEGAL”… which it is, of course. But yeah, you’re right as well. 🙂

    • Rowan09

      No it’s not. It is perfectly fine to watch movies or tv shows you own in digital form. Now realistically we/you will also watch movies or tv shows you don’t own so that’s what makes it illegal. It’s like saying is Kodi illegal because it can be used for illegal activity.

  • iBanks

    Well thanks to you the app surely won’t be there for long. Lmao @ we reached or to apple for comment. So shady.

    • Amac25

      Yea why not let apple figure it out on their own

  • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

    reached out to apple ? Why ? it will surely be removed now. bad luck for all the people that was using it

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Not yet. I am downloading it right now with my 50kbps wifi speed.

      • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

        i already did.. plus i also took an iTunes back up plus downloaded it in iTunes too.. so it ain’t going anywhere for me lol.. would’ve been awesome to have chrome cast option lol since i don’t use apple tv by choice.

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        when apple pulls it, it will be removed from purchasing history?

      • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

        yeah. its been there since Feb this year.. it will be removed from purchase history.

      • Gethro

        I hope not. But I think it will be remove

      • Rowan09

        Right but not iTunes backup. I just downloaded it on my iPad. It won’t download for my phone for some reason.

      • Most definitely.

      • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

        it’s been removed but i can still download it from my purchase history so “in your face IDB” :p

      • Corey Hawkins II

        It does actually have chromecast. Tested it out, today

      • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

        Yes it does for sure.. I noticed it later when the chrome cast icon showed up in the player and i literally jumped in excitement !

      • Oscar

        Hey I downloaded it on my phone but I don’t have the IPA file and I can’t transfer it over because of App Thinning. Is there anyway you can email me the IPA file? or dropbox me a link to it? I would greatly appreciate it!

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      crazy thing is its been a few weeks since its been there

      • Bill

        A few weeks? It says last updated February 5th.

      • TheShade247

        I’ve been using it since early march lol

  • Connecting Mac User 

    Oh! Wait.. Now I see so many innocent clean guys here. Reaching out to Apple to do what? Pull it.. Well, Great!!! I don’t support piracy(somewhat) but the reaction here looks like Hollywood courtroom

  • John Smith

    Contacted Apple? Man you really must be fun at parties.

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      you really think apple doesn’t know about it at this point, but its very strange how its been weeks and this app hasn’t been removed.

      • John Smith

        MxTube, McTube, ProTube, Play Tube, and many more YouTube downloaders were removed for the same reason, because of constant advertising, and I’m definitely sure some reporting by the “law abiders”.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Protube is still there. I think these are all there just some of the features are removed

      • John Smith

        The app was originally known because of those features. Because of unneeded vigilantes, everything that we find as essential with our internet usage are slowly being stripped of their needed functionality.

  • TheShade247

    Been using this app for the past 2 months, and I didn’t tell anyone to download

    • Anmol Malhotra

      hows the movie quality? do they have subtitles?

  • Gethro

    Oh no no no

    • Bryan Tannehill

      If you’re jailbroken you can download this app or Movie Box in Cydia, great quality movies, awesome app.

  • Noohar

    Thanks for the tip iDB. Downloaded on iPhone & iPad

  • Chinch07

    Why would you reach out to Apple?

    Do you reach out to them to ask about patching up jailbreak exploits as well?

    Which side are you on? Lol

    • Bill

      Well, they are based out of Commifornia I believe…what do you expect? Bunch of goody two shoes pansies!

      • Scott Curry

        Did you really just try to say that California is full of Commies? Racist much? And we’re the BOTTOM of the list for ‘goody two shoes’ there Sparky. Your comment makes no sense at all.

      • Chinch07

        How is using the term “commie” which is short / slang for communist (a political, economic, and social philosophy) or talking about California racist?

      • Scott Curry

        ‘Commie’ is also a derogatory term for Russians. What do you want me to use, nationalist?

      • Bill

        I didn’t ‘try’ to say it. I did say it. By the way, sport, your state sucks balls. I won’t shed a tear if/when it falls off and drifts away. It’s a bane of the human race. Buh bye! 🙂

      • Scott Curry

        Awwww it sounds wike someone’s a wittle butthuwt. Did some ting happen to po wittle Bill in California?

      • Bill

        LOL! Nope, but nothing good comes out of your state dude. No one will miss you except the re-tards.

      • Scott Curry

        I love how you make that comment on a site that only exists because of products that are birthed in California. 😉

        Oh, the irony…you dumbfuck

    • There’s a massive difference.

    • Bufonse

      He’s a snitch

    • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

      bitch move

  • Bill

    iLarrySilverstein: Pull It.

  • askep3

    Maybe it’s a trap lol

    • Bill

      Probably. I believe a lot of the torrent stuff is actually being run BY the MPAA themselves. They are just sitting there collecting info for when they get their way with the laws and such, they’ll want to go back and retroactively sue everyone who’d been downloading stuff. I mean remember the YIFY thing awhile back? Popcorn time (if I remember correctly…one of those services) went down the same time, but then was back online…as was the YIFY website…but he had already had his little chat with the MPAA guys… they were running his site after that.

      But you know what? F ’em. My defense? I was not/am not going to purchase any of these movies anyways, so no financial loss on account of me. They can kiss my ass. Most stuff coming out these days is just utter garbage anyways, but that’s beside the point.

  • Rowan09

    Just got that it works great but the interface is all over the place. Thanks

    • TheShade247

      Works great on my ipad

      • Rowan09

        Cinema Sg is gone thanks guys.

  • Nuno123

    Thank you iDB, I didn’t know about this one… I use Kodi on my jailbroken devices with SALTS and EXODUS. I also use Amazon Prime Video and Netflix but it’s not enough…

  • Greg B

    aaaaannnndd now it’s not available for download any longer

  • DSN1138

    It’s gone

  • Daniel Hernández

    Thank you for The 411, I Love this site and for the most part the idb does a great job but did you guys really had to let apple know about this app!!!??? Mind as well let apple know when a new jailbreak is available as soon as is a available for their comments next time

    • Scott Curry

      “Mind as well…”?? Does saying that even make sense to you??

      • Daniel Hernández

        Sorry! I was just trying to say how much of a snitch move that was!

  • StopSnitching

    Sebastian is such a snitch

  • therealjjohnson

    Thanks for snitching.

  • The_Kingfish

    Snitches get stitches.

  • Edward Crabtree

    Wow that was fast.

  • Charles W.

    Why would you tell them it’s there?

    • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

      it’s called a “bitch move”

  • Gethro

    High five if you’ve downloaded the app before it got removed

  • StopSnitching

    lol he deletes my comment for calling him out on being a snitch

  • Dexter SherloConan

    PlayMovies is gone.