This is my small rant against the ‘features’ that big streaming services provided vis a vis the convenience of pirating the same thing.

I have a mobile data connection only where the carrier offers me free data for six hours post midnight. I can queue torrents on my phone(Yes, I torrent mainly on phone via Flud for Android) for downloading at night; then transfer the downloaded files to my laptop much later for viewing on a slightly larger screen. I couldn’t have done the same with say, Amazon Prime Video. Even if I could get these streaming services to queue at certain time, due to DRM restrictions, the content would only remain playable on phone.

I know, my use case, is very unique and niche since most folks probably already have access to fast broadband networks. But Atleast, piracy, hasn’t let go of my hand even for such use cases. I appreciate it.

Also, I am not sure Amazon Prime Video even goes above 720p on Firefox for Linux due to Widevine certification thing; the last time I tried I was running into issues, hence, I stopped bothering with it.

  • @FuryMaker@lemmy.world
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    315 months ago

    DVD/Blu-ray sitting on my shelf; quicker to download & start watching, than it is to get up, find the disc, pop it in the machine, skip the disclaimers, ads, trailers, menus, etc.

    • ugh
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      115 months ago

      I use multiple paid streaming services but still pirate any movies that I enjoy so that I have everything in one place (Plex). It feels redundant until I’m constantly looking online to see which service has whatever I’m wanting to watch.

      • pelletbucket
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        15 months ago

        for me, Plex is all about the subtitles. so goddamn customizable

      • @twinnie@feddit.uk
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        15 months ago

        FYI, JustWatch will tell you which services have whatever you’re trying to stream.

        • pelletbucket
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          25 months ago

          Google will do that if you just tell it what services you have. Google “watch (blank)” and it’ll show you all of them in descending order by price, if some of the options aren’t free.

        • EtzBetz
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          15 months ago

          Even better, Plex does have this feature integrated. So you can just search on Plex whether a streaming service or a server has that movie for you

    • Fedora
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      105 months ago

      Yeah, the ads are a crime against humanity. I bought the movie ffs. Let me watch it.

    • @neoA
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      45 months ago

      Now imagine if the DVD/Blu-Ray didn’t have any of that bullshit on it, and it just went to a menu, and just played when u clicked play.

        • @neoA
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          25 months ago

          And then Special 1.mkv, Special 2.mkv, Menu.mkv