Here’s a curious twist on the old “Install Zango to gain access to movies that don’t work” gag – you now install something called “ClickPotato” instead, which is operated by Pinball Corp (you can read about how Zango effectively became Pinball here). For all intents and purposes, it operates in much the same way as the old Zango installs.
1) You think you’re going to watch a new release online – in this case, Salt:
2) A gateway install prompt appears, the only difference being it says “ClickPotato” instead of “Zango”:
Note that it has ShopperReports and QuestDNS preticked, and the text blurb (which I’m assuming was put there by the affiliate operating movie-watching-site(dot)com) says “You must install the movie codec to play movie”. I’m pretty sure ClickPotato isn’t a movie codec.
3) You end up with the ClickPotato program installed on your PC. The About page says this: “In exchange for access to an endless array of popular videos, ClickPotato displays occasional promotional messages based on your Web search and browsing.”
An “endless array”. We’ll come back to that, but first a question: do you think the above website is actually going to show you Salt after having installed ClickPotato?
The answer, of course, is “no”. In case you were wondering – and I know you are – all of the supposed movies on that site display a similar error.
All in all, my first exposure to ClickPotato hasn’t gone as well as it could have.
Shall we take a look at the “endless array” of movies on the ClickPotato homepage, accessible from the ClickPotato application?
There’s a list of programs from A to Z that you can watch. However, clicking into the various listings is a little surreal because almost everything I looked at was a link to material on sites such as Megavideo, Veoh and sina(dot)com(dot)cn that probably shouldn’t have been there.
For example, here’s a typical set of links from the South Park page:
This is what you see if you click the very first link:
“This video has been removed due to infringement”.
Whenever you click on a program / movie link, they’ll present you with the following before sending you to Megavideo or wherever:
“on a site outside of ClickPotato”.
All in all, this isn’t a hot potato. Going by past experience with websites that want to install adware in return for “free movies”, I’d advise you not to bother – you’ll either end up watching camcorder footage shot in the local theatre, a blurry mess hosted in China or a thought provoking error message that the critics are calling “The feelbad movie of the year”!
Not coming soon to a cinema near you…