Who actually uses streaming services?

Can someone explain to me why people spend money on Netflix and all these other trash services when there are streaming sites that literally upload movies/shows in HD quality and now with movies being released online the same day it releases in theaters, I can watch HD quality stuff on my laptop the same day it releases without needing to pay for any services. Plus, all these services have catalogs that aren't even close to these streaming services.

P.S. - before you come at me for "not supporting artists," i have been to the theaters for mainly Hans Zimmer movies since its actually worth the money for the experiance but other than that I'd never pay for content.

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Apr 21, 2021 - 6:59pm

It's like $7 or something... Plus you're paying for the platform/interface as well as the content. I'd much rather pull up Netflix on my TV than have to stream from my computer through some pop-up ridden website.

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Apr 21, 2021 - 7:50pm

Convenience, originals, not wanting to deal with sketchy websites, integration with smart TVs, and frankly the money just isn't that relevant - we probably pay $50/mo altogether for our various streaming platforms, split two ways, and $300 a year is an easy price to pay for my lazy ass to not have to worry about it. It it helps the content producer as well, even better

Apr 21, 2021 - 9:52pm

Torrenting only requires vpn and some basic research on internet safety but the lack of convince and the storage issue is why I stream. Downloading a full season of a show in 1080p can easily take up 10GB with better quality taking up more. Movies generally take up more space with better quality potentially being 20Gb or more depending on the title. 

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Apr 21, 2021 - 10:31pm

I use Amazon Prime Video and Netflix and consider them to be very reasonably priced.

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Apr 21, 2021 - 10:32pm

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Can someone explain to me why people spend money on Netflix and all these other trash services when there are streaming sites that literally upload movies/shows in HD quality and now with movies being released online the same day it releases in theaters, I can watch HD quality stuff on my laptop the same day it releases without needing to pay for any services. Plus, all these services have catalogs that aren't even close to these streaming services.

P.S. - before you come at me for "not supporting artists," i have been to the theaters for mainly Hans Zimmer movies since its actually worth the money for the experiance but other than that I'd never pay for content.

Is this some sort of hacker brag

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 22, 2021 - 4:03am

Lol, i'd like to see you bring a date to your house and fuck around connecting the hdmi cable from your laptop to your tv so you can stream from some dodgy website all to save a few dollars a month.

Apr 23, 2021 - 9:09am

This is the real answer right here. One of my coworkers once had some people over for a movie night and her boyfriend was streaming the movie from a sketchy website. The movie ended up pausing like 15 times throughout and he would always get up, refresh the site, close out of the two ads that popped up, and jump back to where we left off.

It was painful, especially considering the movie to rent on Amazon was like $3.99 lol. It would be 10x worse if it was a date...

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 29, 2021 - 3:08am

Yup. that definitely kills the Netflix-and-chill vibe

Apr 22, 2021 - 5:18am

The unofficial websites or add-ons don't always offer HD streaming, they also don't guarantee availability of server slots during peak times.
It is pretty easy finding legal ways to obtain streaming services, when I bought a new iPhone I received 12 free months of Apple+ content.

And who would use these things on a website anyway, that's what TV boxes are for.

Apr 22, 2021 - 5:57am

yeah I just stream online. there's a reddit thread with 100s of streaming sites. movies, tv, live sports etc.

it's much easier for me. it removes the hassle of switching the tv on, firing up the platform, searching, and the need to scroll through a lot of garbage (sometimes).

I'm usually on my laptop anyway, and in fact if I look to the left of my screen right there I have a list of movie streams. 

also you can get programmes that aren't available in your country yet. 
 

Apr 22, 2021 - 12:05pm

How does supporting one German dude's films rectify stealing all other content? Anyway, I just like to use streaming services so I can avoid sketchy websites, feel better from an ethical standpoint, and because I find the services make it easier to track where I am in a series. Not to mention, as long as you do not feel the need to have every single service at once, the cost is not that high. I pay less than $20 all in, use the services to reasonable extent, and move on to others. That way I only have 2-3 services at a time, which saves money and also takes away FOMO on any sort of new content.

I’m a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there’s more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 22, 2021 - 2:17pm

I used to do that too. My friend had his computer hacked from one of the sites though and now his browser is screwed up. I've stopped streaming movies/tv since then. I still stream sports though. Just want to caution you to make sure your site doesn't mess with your computer

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