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Besieged by cheap TV/Film download sites. Are any of them any good?

 
 
dlowan
 
Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 06:21 am
I have checked a number of them via reviews...and they look bad.

Is there a good one? Other than iTunes?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 06:44 am
@dlowan,
we use Netflix but I think Olga said that Netflix wasnt avail in Oz. That true? Why is that? Its just a clearing house and a convenient ordering system for movies over the net. They take credit cards and work in a fashion to either download or mail out films.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 06:58 am
@farmerman,
copyright
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 07:02 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

I have checked a number of them via reviews...and they look bad.

Is there a good one? Other than iTunes?

Try bigpond movies
http://downloads.bigpondmovies.com/BrowseGenreAction.do?selectedParentGenre=Movies
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 07:43 am
@dadpad,
They only rent them!!! You can only watch them once or twice.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 10:36 am
@dlowan,
want me to plug youre tv in and make you popcorn also?
Move to some 1st world country where we have all these conveniences like Netflix and easy pay plans.

stop your middle of the night whining about not getting everything for free. Jeezus.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 10:50 am
@farmerman,
I am NOT asking for things for free dammit.

I am asking if any of these places that advertise an enormous selection for very reasonable prices are anything but scams.

If you don't know feel free t ignore the question.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:00 am
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:
we use Netflix but I think Olga said that Netflix wasnt avail in Oz. That true? Why is that?


Yes, Netflix is not available for streaming anywhere outside the US, nor is Hulu or a bunch of YouTube videos, or Pandora internet radio. It's one of the few things I miss about the US, from there very little is blocked (BBC blocked me there for some content a long time ago though).

The reason is not technical, of course, but because distribution deals are done by market and they have rights from the content owners to distribute only in the US market.

Netflix started with DVD delivery by mail, which did make sense to be US-only initially so maybe they'll expand, but I've been waiting for that for years now and might just run a proxy server of my own in the US to stream stuff like Netflix and Hulu to me.
Robert Gentel
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:01 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:
I am asking if any of these places that advertise an enormous selection for very reasonable prices are anything but scams.


Most likely, they are probably illegal sites (as those make up the majority of TV/Movie download sites) so if they charge anything it's a scam when everyone else is just bittorrenting their movies and videos.
Irishk
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:05 am
Blockbuster sells movies via download.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:06 am
@dlowan,
Yeah, but there aren't a lot of options for legal owned downloads of movies and TV shows.

Amazon does rent/purchase video on demand for TV/Movies in the American store and I think I can stream it outside America.

If you want I can test that for you.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:08 am
@Irishk,
Just went to check and it says:

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Thank you for your interest in downloading movies. Unfortunately, this service is not available outside the United States.
Irishk
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:09 am
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:
might just run a proxy server of my own in the US to stream stuff like Netflix and Hulu to me.


Very cool! Where there's a will there's a way Smile
Irishk
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:10 am
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

Just went to check and it says:

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Thank you for your interest in downloading movies. Unfortunately, this service is not available outside the United States.



Aw.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 11:13 am
@Irishk,
But the problem is that it will slow things down and for video streaming slow is a problem (and my connection here in Costa Rica is already too slow for my tastes).

So there will have to be an awful lot of will here because it's easier to just pirate the movies if I wanted to download them than it is to legally purchase them. It's frustrating as hell sometimes.

When Spore came out I tried to buy it over and over but the stupid store wouldn't take my US card because I was shopping from overseas and then when I logged into a US computer to do it they accepted my charge but then wouldn't deliver the download to me overseas.

We'll I'd paid so I figured I'd just bit torrent it because that was the only way I was actually going to get my hands on the damn thing. I'm glad I did, because the game was awful and I spent less time playing it than I did trying to get my purchased download.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 12:27 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I get all bummed out because my qireless gets a qwee slow sometimes, so I imagine using a proxy would have those annoying stops and starts that used to bug streaming video.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 12:32 pm
I read that free internet porn is putting the hammer on the porn industry. Seems that the free stuff is good enough to convince a lot of people not to pay for product.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 07:26 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

dlowan wrote:
I am asking if any of these places that advertise an enormous selection for very reasonable prices are anything but scams.


Most likely, they are probably illegal sites (as those make up the majority of TV/Movie download sites) so if they charge anything it's a scam when everyone else is just bittorrenting their movies and videos.



Thank you!!! I DON'T want to abuse copyright, and I figured that is what they are because of their spam marketing, and the reviews I read of the ones I checked up on, but I wasn't sure.

Looks like I am stuck with iTunes...which is ok, but doesn't have a lot of the things I want, and BigPond ditto...plus it doesn't actually sell you the material.

C'est la vie.

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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 07:28 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

Just went to check and it says:

Quote:
Thank you for your interest in downloading movies. Unfortunately, this service is not available outside the United States.



Yep, I checked them. Same with music and e book downloads. I CAN get quite a few books on their kindle for PC (which is, of course, a clever ploy for getting me to buy a hand-held kindle, as reading books on a PC sucks...but I knew that going in.)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 7 Mar, 2010 07:31 pm
@Irishk,
I'll check that out Irish k, thankee. We have Blockbusters here, but not sure re the downloads.
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