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2012-05-01 03:09:31 AM  
...and this time next year, another buckshot o' torrent lawsuits!
 
2012-05-01 03:11:16 AM  

Counter_Intelligent: Skyfrog: ... and why are all the shows in a small window?

Not sure if trolling, or just stupid...


I'm not talking about on the computer. Every tv show plays with black frames all around it on my TV. Is there some secret maximize feature I am not aware of?
 
2012-05-01 03:17:51 AM  
Books are starting to look better and better.
 
2012-05-01 03:32:48 AM  
Right now, Netflix and free Hulu cover most of my needs. Depending on what happens with Hulu and how much content Netflix loses, I'm not sure what Plan B is. Maybe back to buying season boxsets years after the fact?

On the budget I'm on now, even if cable's just an extra $20 a month over what I'm paying for internet, I'm not sure it's worth it.

Dr J Zoidberg: OnlyM3: Hulu, networks to change model of free streaming


Direct link so we can avoid gawker crap.

You really can't read can you? It's Gizmodo, not Gawker


He can read. You just don't know what you're talking about.

Gizmodo is a website. It's part of the Gawker network of websites, just like Kotaku and IO9. Gawker owns Gizmodo. Stop "correcting" him.

FuryOfFirestorm: ecmoRandomNumbers: It's a crap service on PS3, anyway. Constant buffering problems. They said it was my DSL connection. Funny how Netflix works flawlessly.

It works flawlessly on my PS3. I mostly use Hulu to watch non-US stuff, like Misfits and anime. My only complaint is that most anime there is subtitle only and that Happy Endings isn't accessible on consoles.


That's one of the main things keeping me from Hulu Plus (aside from being broke) - a lot of the shows I'd like to watch on it won't stream to my Xbox or Wii. I've never been a fan of watching TV on my computer - it just feels wrong.
 
2012-05-01 04:20:53 AM  
Once again, the farking idiots refuse to give people a chance to quickly and easily GIVE THEM THEIR FARKING MONEY and make the process a more complicated pain in the ass. Way to go. Online streaming of content is where it's going, you morons. It doesn't matter how much you want it to be otherwise. People don't want to WAIT for their entertainment anymore. They want it now. If you don't give them a way to get it easily and relatively cheap, they'll pirate. It's that simple. I don't have cable because Netflix and Hulu keep me satisfied. I'm happy to pay for Netflix. I'm happy to pay for Hulu Plus. It gives me easy access to a bunch of content and it's pretty cheap, too. I can watch stuff on Hulu quickly and easily. I am not going to pay for farking cable that I don't want to keep doing that. I'll pirate instead if you morons take away that convenience. Deal with it and let people give you their money.
 
2012-05-01 04:23:38 AM  

IMDWalrus: That's one of the main things keeping me from Hulu Plus (aside from being broke) - a lot of the shows I'd like to watch on it won't stream to my Xbox or Wii. I've never been a fan of watching TV on my computer - it just feels wrong.


On the plus side (LOL), Hulu Plus lets you watch shows in HD, I get to see episodes the next day instead of waiting a week or more, and commercial breaks consist of one 15 - 30 sec ad instead of two or three per break.
 
2012-05-01 04:30:02 AM  

Skyfrog: Counter_Intelligent: Skyfrog: ... and why are all the shows in a small window?

Not sure if trolling, or just stupid...

I'm not talking about on the computer. Every tv show plays with black frames all around it on my TV. Is there some secret maximize feature I am not aware of?


Do you have a view mode button on your remote? Or under options, you can choose stretch/ zoom/ wide etc. Do you also have a cable or Directv box? There are options in there to do the same. Sometime if you have conflicting options, it will screw with your picture. Set the box to normal mode, and on the tv, pick whichever mode you like.
 
2012-05-01 05:59:43 AM  

hbk72777: Skyfrog: Counter_Intelligent: Skyfrog: ... and why are all the shows in a small window?

Not sure if trolling, or just stupid...

I'm not talking about on the computer. Every tv show plays with black frames all around it on my TV. Is there some secret maximize feature I am not aware of?

Do you have a view mode button on your remote? Or under options, you can choose stretch/ zoom/ wide etc. Do you also have a cable or Directv box? There are options in there to do the same. Sometime if you have conflicting options, it will screw with your picture. Set the box to normal mode, and on the tv, pick whichever mode you like.


I have a WD TV Live Streaming box, though I'm thinking of returning it because it keeps freezing and losing my Netflix login. I tried the Hulu Plus trial on the Xbox 360 also though and it also had the borders around the shows. Maybe I'm overlooking the setting somewhere.
 
2012-05-01 06:11:34 AM  

Igor Jakovsky: tomWright: LectertheChef: pudding7: I finally got around to the old Usenet. Since HBO won't let me watch Game of Thrones on their site, or Netflix, or Amazon, then downloading here I come.

No need to download, just stream it.

What is with that site? Surely the MPAA has their ninja assassins out to slaughter anyone that watches something from it.

If it looks too easy, it's a trap

What I dont get is that say one goes to his friends house with HBO and watches GoT or whatever, one didnt pay for HBO. If one watches it via someones stream, how is it any different? Either way someone paid for HBO and the watcher didnt. Is it just the scale of non-subscribers getting content? Same would apply to going to a sports bar to watch the game if you didnt pay for cable.


The recording industry actually made that argument about cassette tapes, as did the television and movie industry when VHS first came out. There were these huge campaigns to try and convince people that making mix tapes or recording shows you liked to share with friends were terrible moral lapses, and they even tried to get the behavior declared illegal. Unfortunately, the lesson they seem to have learned from their failure wasn't that they were being paranoid and should embrace new distribution methods, but rather that they just didn't spend enough money bribing politicians for long enough to stop us dastardly pirates from, you know, progressing as a civilization.
 
2012-05-01 06:19:20 AM  

luidprand: Weaver95: R Kelly's Doo Doo Butter: Whole lot of thieves up in this thread.

copyright infringement isn't theft.

It's still illegal, and still unethical. That said, I think I'll be using the "time-shifting" rationale if hulu+ stops working or goes up in price.


Yup; just like sharing a book you like with a friend, streaming or torrenting a show you like to a friend is the most unethical thing a person can possibly do.

What is illegal is profiting from someone else's copyrighted material, which no torrentor does. What is unethical is stealing something you could have just as conveniently bought, which no one torrenting a show because they couldn't watch it at airing (or visiting streaming sites because they don't live in Japan where anime is aired) is doing. Don't start internalizing the Media Congloms' twisted "every time you experience content, you should have to pay us a non-negotiable price that we set, and we should get to decide what content you have legal access to" malarkey. They're a business, and the wet-dream of any business is a captive market with no power to negotiate prices.
 
2012-05-01 06:26:22 AM  

luidprand: TheJoe03: Why don't these morons embrace the internet, I don't understand it. Do they not make money off the damn commercials they play, how is it different from regular TV really? Hulu is also pointless if someone has OnDemand, so who needs both?

OnDemand has a much, much smaller selection and frequently has fast-forward disabled. Also, no closed captioning in most cases.


Yup. OnDemand is merely an earlier example of a great idea the companies have ruined out of their short-sighted idiocy. It isn't as bad as what they got Congress to do to Tivo, though.
 
2012-05-01 06:31:54 AM  

JonBuck: When Hulu put commercials on PBS documentaries I quit them for good.

I would put up with one commercial every fifteen minutes or so, but even before I dropped them it was becoming more and more like regular TV anyway.


You can watch most of PBS's stuff without commercials from their own site anyway, though it isn't very well constructed or archived, so it might take you awhile to find the specific vid.
 
2012-05-01 06:37:22 AM  

Shadowknight: ocirats: Expat here. There are something like 4-6 million of us outside of the US, and sometimes we just want to watch shows back from home. It shouldn't have to be this farking complicated - I don't mind spending $9 bucks or so on VPN every month, have a Netflix subscription, and would be willing to pay for additional content access, but if you start requiring a physical cable connection, you can fark right off. I'll just go to Usenet.

I live in Spain right now on military orders, and run into the same issues. Luckily for me, our internet connection is lightning fast and individual prosecution for piracy outside of the US is practically nonexistent. They see a European IP and move along.

That's not to say I'm not careful to scrub my identity as much as possible and block known IPs attached to the squealers, but I'm a lot less likely to worry about getting the latest episode of Bones for the wife than I would have in the States.

The irony is, of course, that I never pirated in the States. Cox Communications was fairly affordable with tns of HD channels, so I just used the DVR. But we move here, and every other legal streaming service is non functioning without buying a proxie/tunneler, and now they are apparently making that even less appealing. So if I want American TV, saying "Ahoy" to the internet underbelly is really the only way to go.


It's remarkable how they go out of their way to make "pirating" the only viable option, isn't it? Media companies are so ridiculous.
 
2012-05-01 06:39:53 AM  

FuryOfFirestorm: IMDWalrus: That's one of the main things keeping me from Hulu Plus (aside from being broke) - a lot of the shows I'd like to watch on it won't stream to my Xbox or Wii. I've never been a fan of watching TV on my computer - it just feels wrong.

On the plus side (LOL), Hulu Plus lets you watch shows in HD, I get to see episodes the next day instead of waiting a week or more, and commercial breaks consist of one 15 - 30 sec ad instead of two or three per break.


So it's just what Hulu's service was when the site originally came out then.
 
2012-05-01 07:25:29 AM  
Isn't requiring this basically screwing users, like me, who have **no chance whatsoever** (due to distance from providers and limited income to pay for cables to be run) of getting FiOS/cable? Not everyone lives in a damn metropolis, and some of those who do are still right on the fringes of the area where service is limited.
 
2012-05-01 07:32:07 AM  
Wow, sounds like you Americans are turning into Canadians!

Up here, Bell, Rogers, and Shaw pretty much own the internets, the cable/satellite services, the telephone lines, the cellular services, and even own some of the TV channels that they in turn provide us on cable/satellite services. They hates Netflix with a burning passion, and have been trying to cap the shiat out of us. However, you can stream as much shiat as you want from THEIR onDemand sites, and it won't count towards your cap, but Netflix and teh torrents will.

I feel bad for you guys, but welcome to the new reality.

/currently has uncapped internets because it's 7 Mbps, and they think it's too slow for people to stream/steal shiat with, as they keep trying to push the 70 Mbps speeds that cost 100 something a month
//still pays out the ass for it, because there's no competition and we Canadians love getting ass-raped by price gouging for internets, tv, power, and just about everything else
 
2012-05-01 08:09:14 AM  
Yeah cable companies, keep farking that chicken like the little whore it is.
 
2012-05-01 08:25:20 AM  

Trackball: There is absolutely nothing on TV nowadays that is worth getting in trouble over. If they don't want me to watch it....I'll just stop watching. Barely watch anything now as it is. Once you break yourself of the addiction to base entertainment it really is easy to stay away.


Bascially this. If anything, I'm just being pushed over to books and non-drm video games.
 
2012-05-01 08:25:22 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: It's a crap service on PS3, anyway. Constant buffering problems. They said it was my DSL connection. Funny how Netflix works flawlessly.



Hulu works like a dream on my PS3. So does Netflix.
 
2012-05-01 09:15:37 AM  

timujin: maybe it's just time to cut out TV altogether, find some better way to spend my time


THIS. Take up a hobby. Learn to play a musical instrument. Join a local sports league. Can you sing? Find a community chorus. Build things. Start a fight club. DO SOMETHING, other than sitting around watching TV.

/yeah, I know, I've been watching a lot of playoff hockey lately
//but a local choral group trumps hockey for me
 
2012-05-01 10:24:57 AM  

ykarie: Funny, I've never gotten a C&D from TPB use.


Nor I from using Demonoid.
 
2012-05-01 10:31:00 AM  

Heron: What is illegal is profiting from someone else's copyrighted material, which no torrentor does


Which is what Megaupload and boards point to MU and the like got into trouble. MU demands money from people who want to download more than x files or y MB within a certain period. MU _gives_ money to people who upload stuff to their servers, which had the consequence that people were uploading huge garbage files that you pretty much had to pay MU to be able to get the multi-packed and -archived files if you wanted them. Which consequentially put them much higher up on the hit lists than non-profit sharing sites.
There's some ratio whores who try to do the same on torrent sites, but their stuff gets pretty much deleted immediately.
 
2012-05-01 10:59:44 AM  

ocirats: Expat here. There are something like 4-6 million of us outside of the US, and sometimes we just want to watch shows back from home. It shouldn't have to be this farking complicated - I don't mind spending $9 bucks or so on VPN every month, have a Netflix subscription, and would be willing to pay for additional content access, but if you start requiring a physical cable connection, you can fark right off. I'll just go to Usenet.


I'm fairly slow when it comes to internet tech stuff, but you sound like you could help me with this. I'd like to be able to make websites I will be viewing think my IP address is from another state/country, so that I can circumvent blackout restrictions on sports broadcasts. Is using a VPN service the way to go? If so, is there one you recommend? Or should I just let google be my guide?
 
2012-05-01 11:17:19 AM  

mohron: ocirats: Expat here. There are something like 4-6 million of us outside of the US, and sometimes we just want to watch shows back from home. It shouldn't have to be this farking complicated - I don't mind spending $9 bucks or so on VPN every month, have a Netflix subscription, and would be willing to pay for additional content access, but if you start requiring a physical cable connection, you can fark right off. I'll just go to Usenet.

I'm fairly slow when it comes to internet tech stuff, but you sound like you could help me with this. I'd like to be able to make websites I will be viewing think my IP address is from another state/country, so that I can circumvent blackout restrictions on sports broadcasts. Is using a VPN service the way to go? If so, is there one you recommend? Or should I just let google be my guide?


Start with "proxy".
 
2012-05-01 11:31:45 AM  

mohron: I'm fairly slow when it comes to internet tech stuff, but you sound like you could help me with this. I'd like to be able to make websites I will be viewing think my IP address is from another state/country, so that I can circumvent blackout restrictions on sports broadcasts. Is using a VPN service the way to go? If so, is there one you recommend? Or should I just let google be my guide?


They are called "proxies" or "tunnelers." They will route your IP through wherever you want and make it show whatever location you want. They are traceable under scrutiny, so don't do anything majorly criminal, but for streaming websites and stuff, you'll be fine. Their servers will recognize you as from the States, and it will allow you on.

I'm thinking about doing that this year so I can actually watch football games without having to rely on Armed Forces Network. It's quite annoying when I want to see the Michigan game, or even a big game from another place, and what I get instead is Oregon St. vs. Hawaii or some such nonsense. Or having them play the same repeated game three times in a week and never having one damn interesting one, and having to read about them instead.

I may even start streaming again.
 
2012-05-01 01:56:39 PM  

Kar98: ykarie: Funny, I've never gotten a C&D from TPB use.

Nor I from using Demonoid.


A friend of mine got a "stop doing this or else" email from (I think) Verizon only three days after downloading Eastbound and Down from Demonoid. I felt a little bad since I was the one that gave him the invite though. I have never had a problem, but I have also never torrented any kind of media anybody would care about.
 
2012-05-01 02:01:11 PM  
Dr J Zoidberg

>>> OnlyM3: Hulu, networks to change model of free streaming
>>> Direct link so we can avoid gawker crap.

You really can't read can you? It's Gizmodo, not Gawker


Thanks for advertising your ignorance
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2012-05-01 02:32:58 PM  
Dr J Zoidberg
>>> Direct link so we can avoid gawker crap.

You really can't read can you? It's Gizmodo, not Gawker


www.upl.co

It's the same website. You're biatching about the difference between fark's "entertainment" and "geek" tabs.


IMDWalrus

>>> Dr J Zoidberg:
>>> You really can't read can you? It's Gizmodo, not Gawker

He can read. You just don't know what you're talking about.

Gizmodo is a website. It's part of the Gawker network of websites, just like Kotaku and IO9. Gawker owns Gizmodo. Stop "correcting" him.


^ This.
 
2012-05-01 02:34:15 PM  

Heron: Yup; just like sharing a book you like with a friend, streaming or torrenting a show you like to a friend is the most unethical thing a person can possibly do.


My best friend and I share our content purchased on PSN, mostly with Rock Band songs. He'd access my account on his PS3 to DL my Queen Track Pack, while I accessed his account on my system and DL'd his Alice In Chains and Nirvana Track Packs. I'm pretty sure we more than made up for the "theft" with the assload of content we bought on PSN.
 
2012-05-01 05:14:51 PM  

JustMatt: Kar98: ykarie: Funny, I've never gotten a C&D from TPB use.

Nor I from using Demonoid.

A friend of mine got a "stop doing this or else" email from (I think) Verizon only three days after downloading Eastbound and Down from Demonoid. I felt a little bad since I was the one that gave him the invite though. I have never had a problem, but I have also never torrented any kind of media anybody would care about.


I got a C&D from Cox cable over a file I got on Demonoid.
 
2012-05-01 06:52:47 PM  
This is F*ckery Most Foul.
 
2012-05-01 08:23:03 PM  
Another reason the main stream media will fail. They just don't get it, do they?
 
2012-05-02 11:29:32 AM  

Girion47: I'd love to see a screen shot of you getting more than 2 megabytes a second on Piratebay.


i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-05-02 07:17:50 PM  

Honest Bender: LOL. Peer Guardian and such make it trivial to stay safe.


I used to use Peer Guardian back in the day, but then it stopped functioning properly, it wouldn't load the IP lists... then I seem to remember it basically going unsupported, though I might be wrong as it's been a while. Do you find it useful now or do you use the "and such"?
 
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