Reasons to use video streaming services, are many of the same reasons you would use audio streaming services like Rhapsody (Now Napster). To save an incredible amount of money, and convenience! A lot of people may not realize it, but there is a huge war in digital services! Unlike the music war, the music industry’s fight was with piracy; however the film industry’s fight is with both piracy and network competition, as well as streaming services like Netflix. As many of us already know, cable subscriptions are extremely expensive, and big names such as HBO and SHOWTIME don’t give a shit. Well, at least that was before companies like Netflix, HULU, Amazon Prime, GooglePlay, and yes, even YouTube came along. A lot of people didn’t notice, but YouTube does sell movie streams. I think Google’s focus is on GooglePlay though. However, my main reasons for loving YouTube, is their abundance of 100% free public domain movies, that we can easily stream from our Roku boxes (or equivalent).
I believe that Netflix was the original company that took mail order DVD rentals by storm, before venturing out on movie streaming. Although Netflix struggles with the high cost of streaming licenses for current major movies, they still hold the title for the most diverse DVD/Blu-ray collection ever. Netflix and other new streaming services are now taking a huge chunk of customers away from these big networks (and it’s wonderful). Not only do we have a wealth of movie choices, we get them for a very low monthly price! We are tired of paying high premiums, while these networks are just rebroadcasting the same movies 50 times a month. Cable vision has the same movies On-Demand @ $5-8 a pop; movies that we aren’t interested in seeing. The money that cable charges us, it can’t be that the licensing is too expensive for better movies. I think cable networks got away with it because there still is a lot of people who are not technically savvy enough to use streaming services. But now, it looks like people are finally broke enough to start learning. As a result, both the networks and cable companies are feeling it in their pockets.
Like music streaming, I strongly encourage the older generation to use video streaming technology. Because not only do you save an incredible amount of money, you get unlimited viewing pleasure, and it’s legal, and the actors get paid for each viewing. We don’t realize that if everyone started using more streaming services, not only is it cheaper, the artists potentially can make more money than selling discs or mp3s. Which means the pressure is on for quality entertainment. The only job the older generation has, is to teach their offspring what quality entertainment is! You also get to demand the kinds of movies and TV shows you’d like to see, by taking the time to rate the movies you’ve seen. Rating film helps the entire “movie goer’ community as well, because if we want to know if a movie is bad or not, we often look at the star rating. Who wants to waste their time watching a movie with a 1 star?
I feel a little guilty. I know it seems I’m kind of picking on the older generation, but I’m really not. I want the older generation to know how important they are, in terms of the survival of quality classic media. The old business model doesn’t exist anymore. We must realize that the music and movie industry really don’t make money off of discs any longer. Physical sales of discs will probably become extinct, very much in the same way that 8-tracks did. This will likely be true, as the industry now realize streaming actually helps to combat piracy on many levels. I realize that it is difficult understanding our transition from buying a physical VHS tape, and the industry makes money; to now a world where everything is about licenses, pay-per-view, and subscription services. But this is how everyone get’s paid in the industry now. It also means that digital platform is now open! What I mean by this is, anyone can literally make a movie, or sing a song. We need ratings to weed out the undesirables, and we need the older generation to teach the media providers what REAL film and music is all about all over again. We also need the older generation’s memories, so that we don’t loose our cinematic culture, programming that practically raised us, and great music we grew up with (and actually understand the words sung). I urge the older generation to contact your streaming provider, and or Netflix if there are films you want to see that are NOT in their library. Take the time to tell them what you want, then rate them. You’ll not only help keep these gems in the cyber community, you’ll also help save yourself and others time, money, and the loss of our cinematic culture. I am going out of my way to explain this to the older generation, in hopes that I can break some of the misguided perceptions about digital technology.
Another huge benefit is that there are fewer commercials on streaming services than network television (Netflix has no commercials so far, but they are entertaining creating a new services with ads, in exchange for a lower price plan); you don’t have to worry about waiting to rent DVD (although renting DVDs & Blu-Rays are a great alternative, when your desired movie isn’t available for streaming (its still cheaper than purchasing and everyone gets paid the same way)); we can view with the highest possible quality with today’s bandwidth; and finally the networks are forced to give us better programming! Not to mention a great source for getting our oldies fix! I was so disappointed with the poor choices we’ve had to watch on television in the past; but now we have choices, lots of choices. On-Demand.
While movie licenses expire in the same way that licenses for music does; even if you have to “pay to own” digitally, it is still often way cheaper than buying DVD’s or Blu-rays (and not have to worry about incompatibility issues (especially with foreign films)). Even renting digitally is cheaper! Sometimes on VUDU you can find some 99 cent rental deals on classic movies. Let us also help save our classic film culture by rating the movies you watch, and to encourage great producers to produce more great film (especially the independent filmmakers). Please don’t overlook the independent movie makers, because they make just as good movies as the big time networks, and the licenses are often cheaper to purchase for the movie provider, allowing for more content. Please also read another important article I’ve written “Legal Streaming vs. Torrents: The Dawn Of A New File Sharing Era!” Also check out “Movie Stream Sound Quality?” More reasons to switch to streaming.
Just a quick note: there are many streaming services that are emerging, and they offer absolutely FREE viewing with commercials! Free services like, Top Documentary Films, and TVLand. Also, please view additional recommendations on the left side panel. Let’s try and do the right thing; find movies that you’ve once “borrowed” from a friend and watch them on the free/paid services to give the production studio credit and the actors will get paid for that viewing. Please note that although Hulu’s $7.99 includes some commercials, it is a reduced price after the commercials, for the privilege of watching new/up to the minute premium TV shows. For a couple of extra dollars, Hulu offers a plan with no commercials. If you don’t see commercials in the YouTube stream, chances are it’s an illegal upload that hasn’t been caught by YouTube yet (unless specified “Commercial Free” at the beginning of the movie!). Please note: I wouldn’t restart it multiple times on each IP/device, there’s most likely a daily limit per unique movie (to protect the streaming service from overpaying licensing fees). It is not necessary for us to use public domain streaming services that are on most streaming boxes, such as “Spud’s Place,” “PD Movies,” to atone for our torrent misuse. Simply because the copyrights to those movies have expired, and the ad money is all going to the channel owner (not that you shouldn’t support them anyway, after all, a lot of programming gone in to creating their feed/channel). Just google legal streaming. If you’d like to legally download public domain movies for your mobile device, there’s sites like Archive.org, and PublicDomainTorrents.info. I hope my blog has given you a greater understanding of legal music and movie streaming.
IMPORTANT BLOG READS:
- “What Are The Differences Between the 3 Major Video Streaming Services?”
- “Legal Streaming vs. Torrents: The Dawn Of A New File Sharing Era!”
- “Before The Music Dies (2007)”
- “Where Are All The Black Bloggers At? Where Are The Black YouTube Movie Reviewers?”